Sunday, February 13, 2011

You are Strong

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"How often has it happened -- an acquaintance hears your story or sees your child and says, "I'm not as strong as you. I could never deal with all the things you deal with." And you shake your head modestly, and brush it off, and maybe even feel a little condescended to. But you know what? They're right. You're strong. You're facing things that the average parent doesn't even want to imagine, and you're handling them. Whether you were strong to begin with or had strength thrust upon you by necessity, you're one strong parent, one strong person. Your family needs that strength, your children thrive on it. You may wish you never had to be so strong. But appreciate that strength now. It makes you special. Capable. A force to be reckoned with."

By: Terri Mauro
Love Notes for Special Parents

They say time heals all wounds. I don't believe it. It doesn't. Who ever came up with that expression ought to be slapped for giving a false sense that all things heal. Chris and I will never be the same that we were two years ago, my family will never recover, my child will always be physically impaired. Everyone says you find a "new normal" I don't want a "new normal." I want it how it should have been, until everything was yanked from under us. How many parents have to run to therapy almost daily? Not many. How many parents have to worry about germs and carry lysol rags everywhere they go as if they have verminophobia only to protect their child from an illness that could compromise his safety and health? How many parents have to worry if they'll get two more days or twenty more years with this precious soul that has all these special needs? We have no choice but to be strong, there is no other alternative. We cannot and will not ever give up. Faith, love and hope always.