Day 1: Journey to Restoration

Welcome to the first day of the 31 Days of Restoration: Spiritual and Emotional Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.

The heartbreak.

The confusion.

The pain.

The exclusion.

The isolation.

The judgment.

The misunderstandings.

The struggles.

The fear.

These are only some of the feelings experienced by parents raising children with special needs.

When I first met with our family social worker months after my son’s birth, she expressed how she admired my positive spirit. I broke down because for months I had felt like an inadequate mother.

Less than.

Different.

Discarded.

Alone.

How many of us put on a brave face and say all the right things when asked: “How are you?” How many times do we downplay what we do– even to ourselves? How many times do we cry behind closed doors wondering how we’ll survive another day? A lifetime?

I have been there.

I am still there at times.

Over the years, I have learned to feel and accept the emotions, but also not to live there for too long.

In this series, I take one emotion per day, and I share with you what I tell myself and my son to remain positive on this journey. You will take in empowering words to recite no matter where you are, no matter what your struggles.

Let’s do this together.

You are not alone.

I am not alone.

We are a community, and we need to hold each other up. We need to be strong for our children so that ultimately, our children can be strong for themselves.

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