How did you feel when you first learned that your child was “different” and were told they had “special needs”?
Did you feel disbelief and even question why or think to yourself “WHY ME?”
My heart understands. You may have even initially felt that God was punishing you for something. Or worse, you may have felt grief that this beautiful child you had such hopes and dreams for, would never come true.
You are not alone!
How do I know this? Well, first, I am a mother of a 44-year old man with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, behavioral issues and even epilepsy.
I remember many years ago when his father and I were lying in bed, after our son was a couple of months old, I can remember saying to him, “I hope he’ll be able to run.”
Most parents don’t even question this and even take it for granted UNTIL you have a child with special needs. He didn’t even sit up until he was 13 months old and that was because he was in the hospital for a diagnosis and his legs were tied down!
We looked past grief or fear of the unknown. We just loved him.
When the neurologist suggested that we put our beloved son in the an institution, we said absolutely and emphatically NO. He was our son, and we would do the best we could for him.
Then started the tests and the misdiagnoses. Who knew? The only diagnosis that still rings true today is that he was and is developmentally and intellectually delayed.
Some of these young men, when they reach puberty, become violent and my son fell into that category. That opened a whole new set of problems. The police were called on several occasions. He was even Baker-acted on several occasions – more than five times.
I heard him scream obscenities at me when he was being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. I’ve seen him so drugged that he couldn’t stand up straight nor sit up.
I could go on…this is what I’ll share today. Just know, I understand. I know the heartbreak, the tears, and the frustration.
I also know the joys and the love between a parent and the child with special needs that can never be duplicated.
Because of this, I have started Circle of Love Global, which is a community to support the mothers (and a few good fathers) of children with special needs. We, parents, are the chosen ones and this community is solely designed to lift everyone up, provide the resources and answers you never knew existed and give you a circle of love for you to surround yourself with.
If it simply allows you to share a cup of coffee with a new friend, go to the movie, or maybe even get a massage to have a moment for YOU then I have accomplished my mission.
Circle Of Love Global is YOUR community. Circle of Love also has a membership site called “SuperStar Moms,” currently being developed as I write this letter. It’s all very exciting so stay tuned for more information shortly.
You can visit Circle of Love Global Facebook page and take a tour around.
As a GIFT to all, please join our free webinar
“Special Needs = Special Answers” Expert Series,
which takes place the last Tuesday of each month.
We host nationally-recognized Expert Guests to join us and offer great tips, advanced knowledge and advice, resources and simple ways to live a great life as a SuperStar Mom together with your child and your entire family.
Isn’t it time you had the answers you need and trust? The time is now to have the Circle of Love you deserve.
Your input is very valuable as well, so I invite you to join Tuesday’s webinar at http://bit.ly/1GyE3kj
Please contact me with your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or 754-777-9895.
Much love and support,