Thursday, May 6, 2010

My friend Jennifer sent this to me today. Thanks girl for brightening my day!

Top 20 Reasons Moms of Kids With Special Needs ROCK

1) Because you never thought that "doing it all" would mean doing this much. But you do do it all -- and then some.

2) Because you've discovered patience you never knew you had.

3) Because you are willing to do something 10 times, 100 times or 1,000 times if that's what it takes for your child to learn something new.

4) Because you have heard doctors tell you the worst, and you've refused to believe them. Take THAT, naysaying doctors of the world!

5) Because you have bad days and breakdowns and bawl-fests, and then you pick yourself up and keep right on going.

6) Because you gracefully handle the stares, the comments, the rude remarks.

7) Because you manage to get yourself together and get out the door looking pretty damn good. Heck, you even make sweatpants look good!

8) Because you are strong. Man, are you strong. Who knew you could be this strong?

9) Because you aren't just a mom, wife, cook, cleaner, and chauffeur. You are a mom, wife, cook, cleaner, chauffeur, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, teacher, researcher, nurse, coach and cheerleader. Whew!

10) Because you work overtime every single day.

11) Because you also worry overtime, but you work it through. Or you eat chocolate or Pirate's Booty or gourmet cheese (which aren't reimbursable by insurance as mental-health necessities, but should be).

12) Because you are more selfless than other moms. Your child need you more.

13) Because you give your child with special needs endless love, and then you still have so much love left for your husband, your family.

14) Because you inspire others in this crazy blogosphere every single day.

15) Because you understand your child better than anyone else -- even if they can't talk; even if they can't gesture; even if they can't look us in the eye. You know. You just know.

16) Because you never stop pushing for your child.

17) Because you never stop hoping for her, either.

18) Because just when it seems like things are going OK, they're suddenly not OK, but you deal. Somehow, you always deal -- even when it seems like your head or heart might explode.

19) Because when you look at your child, you just see a great child -- not a child with cerebral palsy/autism/Down syndrome/developmental delays/whatever.

20) Because ... well, you tell me.

Because we’ve discovered patience we never knew we had.


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