Sunday, 6 October 2013

Positively Special

Hello and sincerest apologies for not blogging for yonks but I think you'll forgive when you hear what's kept me away for so long!

 I've been doing this....

and this....

and I've got this to do too...

So I ain't been shirking honest Gov!!?

A few months ago a dear friend of mine, someone I was truly inspired by when I started this journey introduced me over cyber space to a woman who had set up a support group at her mainstream school for parents of SEN kids. We hit it off. We both have mad hair so it seemed a match made in heaven! She's now a very special friend. She tapped into something in me and it seems I tapped into her psyche too and together we decided to create "Positively Special" a social support group for parents of children with special needs.

Our aim, to provide parents and families as a whole social opportunities. To befriend other parents in similar situations, to face challenges that other families would take for granted such as day trips and special events. To give the children a place where they can be themselves but equally as important as space for parents to be themselves too.

Many people have inspired me through this journey. People that then became wonderful friends. A friendship born through necessity that became a cherished relationship.

Often I would hear that saying "You'll meet someone in this journey that will change everything for you, your angel, your saint" and I used to think I haven't meet them yet. But I was looking in the wrong place, I was waiting for the professional to sweep in and make everything OK....I should have realised that I had saints and angels around me everyday. Warrior people that inspire me to make change. Parents that deal with challenges everyday but can still say something positive at the end of a bad day. Friends that taught me to view this journey differently, see my kids differently and embrace the world in an entirely new way. Without those friends, without those fleeting comments, that passion, the drive they have, I wouldn't be the person I am now...I'd be the person in was 18 months ago when I started writing.

When I look back on this incredible diary of emotions I realise just how far I've come. My gosh have I been to the floor of hell and back up again and I wouldn't have made it out unless I was surrounded by saints to shine a light out of there. So thank you all... 

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Oya's Daughter said...

What wonderful stuff! I wish we had more SEN-friendly Halloween options as it's my son's (and mine) favourite holiday behind Yule.
You've come very far indeed! I know at the time when first starting out trying to get one's head round ASD it feels like an abyss, and there are a lot of emotions to get through but as I said a while back "It will get better. It will. Hold onto that." And look at you! So proud of you.

Go give others the strength you've managed to forge within yourself and let them know "It gets better. It will."

Much love.

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