- Some “friends” will disappear, but those who stay, and those who choose to be part of your new world, will be the most amazing friends a person could ever know.
- You will ache to depths that you didn’t know possible but you will also know unimaginable joy at things others don’t even see.
- No matter how exhausting life gets, you always find more energy when your child needs you, even when it seems impossible.
- Your memory changes entirely. You will no longer remember how your friend takes their coffee but you know the details of ten different consultants and departments across several hospitals.
- The wee/poo/vomit/sleepless night stage lasts much longer for many of us than it does for parents of non-disabled children. There is no funny anecdote or cheery “plus” to this one!
- You discover that almost everyone has a cliché to share, and they will just keep coming! Eventually you will be able to enjoy a quiet game of “Cliché Bingo” in your head whilst smiling politely.
- You develop a love of Justin Fletcher that others just don’t understand. But there is also a good excuse for watching Mr Bloom! 🙂
- Your brain over-rules all negativity – medical professionals will say things like “he is unlikely to…” but your brain translates them to “he most definitely will!”
- No matter how quiet or introverted you are, you will find your voice when your child needs you to stand up for their rights.
- You may not think that you could parent a disabled child, you may not think you are selfless enough or good enough, but it turns out that you just become the mum your child needs.
I am also a very keen campaigner for something that most of us don’t tend to talk about.
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