Thank heaven for good support. I’m talking about this in several different ways— organizations that provide information and resources, those who help and encourage and good providers who make a difference. My thoughts on this post were prompted by a simple text message that I sent on yesterday. Next week my husband Lamar and I will be attending the annual Focus Education Conference. Focus provides open arms of support with everything from family activities to share groups. The conference brings information to special needs parents from various professionals in the community.
Okay, that gives you background to the what of all this, so back to the text I mentioned. The conference is all day so of course we need child care for the girls. We are so fortunate to have a network of family and friends that are always there to help. Those who provide much needed care for our date nights and those who come over for emergencies at a moment’s notice. I kept forgetting to ask about babysitting for this day and thought it best to ask our network of supporters to come for a “shift” to make the day easier for everyone. I sent my text asking who might be available for a time from two to three hours. I had replies within seconds. All saying yes! My heart was so warmed. Paying for all day childcare would be so expensive. So having our family and friends be so ready to support us for this event really means a lot to us.
So while I’m on this topic of support, I don’t want to leave out our team of therapists and teachers who also make a difference. I see these people going above and beyond the call of duty and I don’t think they have any idea of what this means to us. Hopefully they will all read this post and know how much they are appreciated. We are thankful for all the help that we get from our personal network and those who help on a professional basis. Thank you so much for all you do.
Imagine life without support. In our case, sometimes we need sitters, encouragement or a kind word. You likely need something different; but we all need support of some kind. Early on in Juliana’s diagnosis I kept reading more and more about setting up a support network. I didn’t go around polling our friends and family to see if they could be counted on. But soon it became obvious on whom we could rely. Those are our go-to people and for them I am truly grateful.
It’s January and thus we are still in the season for resolutions and goals. If you have been navigating life without a support system, please, please stop. We all know the infamous quote that “No Man Is An Island”. Don’t do any part of life’s journey alone. Many people in our lives are ready and willing to help or be there. Give them the chance to do so. This year, will you make it a point to ask? Just ask.