It’s safe to assume most of us have been there—we’ve been overwhelmed and heartbroken by a new diagnosis or perplexing medical/developmental issues with no answers for our child. When asked what you would say to a parent in that situation, I bet you went back there. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the feelings of it all probably came rushing back. And maybe you’re still there. Still grappling with a diagnosis. Still grieving. Still adjusting.
Initially, I envisioned this month’s question to be a resource for parents just starting this journey, and a way for the rest of us to reflect on how far we’ve come.
And yet, as I read through the answers, I realized these were much-needed pep talks for me, now. We all need these words of encouragement. Always. We all need reminders of our strength and capacity to handle what we’re given. We need reminders that we’re not alone.
A big thanks to all parents who contributed to this pick-me-up for parents of all stages of the journey. Enjoy!