Today my heart is heavy. I am a saddened that a member of our special needs mom community is having to say goodbye to her inspiring, beautiful, and loving son Gavin.
Five years ago when Cris and I started becoming more aware of Ciaran and Shay's lifetime needs and diagnoses - I was desperate to find answers, solutions, resources, and others who were experiencing similar life circumstances.
At this time, I joined many online chat groups for mothers of children with cerebral palsy, mothers of children with vision needs, mothers of children with special needs. The list was really endless.
As I joined these groups, I was virtually introduced to other warrior moms that were on a similar journey to mine. We shared our stories, resources, thoughts, frustrations with the system, etc via these forums. Despite never meeting many of these Moms, I gained insight and strength from their stories. Like myself, many of these Mom's blogged their journeys. I love reading these blogs as I always learned so much, I felt comforted that I was not alone in this crazy, overwhelming and sometimes lonely journey of being a mom to a special needs child, and I was inspired by these beautiful children who had so much more to teach the world than we could ever teach them.
Today my heart hurts. I pray for a boy and a family whom despite never meeting, has made a huge impression on my heart over the years. I pray for peace for beautiful Gavin and continued strength for his mom Kate and his dad Ed. Their story of faith and courage can be found here