One of the hardest thing about raising a child with special needs is the isolation it causes even when I am in the midst of friends of family. You see, nobody around me understands what being a Mother is like FOR ME. I hear you complain about the amount of birthday parties you have to bring your child to this weekend, and I hear you boast about how well your child is doing at school, and I am happy for you, I really am. But can you share my frustration when I have had to bring my child to what feels like a million therapy appointments for the week? Can you be happy with me when I am happy that my seven year old didn't eat his clothes today? Or that he go into a full blown meltdown when he heard an ambulance siren, or that he ate food that wasn't brown?
Its obvious that being the Mother of a child with Special Needs is a totally different journey, and for that reason, today is a completely different celebration for us too. Today, you might not get any respite from your role, and so its important that you take a moment to reflect on the amazing job that you do. I see you. I see you and I celebrate you. I admire your hard work, your selflessness and your tenacity.
To the Mother's of children with Special Needs, I wish you a very happy Mothers Day.