The Power of Support

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I had the pleasure of attending a monthly meet-up of moms who have young children with developmental disabilities last night. I love this diverse group of women who come from different religious, economic and educational backgrounds, but who all have one bond in common. When I tell other friends and family members about my group, they usually assume that we spend our evenings together complaining about how hard life is and making each other sad. In reality, I laughed harder last night than I have in quite awhile. I learned of new resources that might help my child. I related to women who have dealt with the same feelings of guilt and “what-ifs.” I hurt alongside friends who have gone through some incredibly difficult things recently, including the loss of a father and the loss of a husband. I shared in all of our common struggle for more sleep, more energy, more exercise. But, did I mention how much I laughed as well?
At one point in the midst of casually sharing diagnoses, terrible hospital experiences, medications our children have tried and specifics on what different seizures look like, our fearless leader Stacy commented that people at tables around us would be shocked to hear how cavalier we are while discussing these things. This is life for us… confusing acronyms, medications, doctors, therapists, hospital visits, insurance battles, school decisions, endless phone calls, sleepless nights and a to-do list that never ends. This is also life for us….celebrating together when a four year old takes her first steps,¬†sharing pictures and stories of our beautiful children, encouraging each other to let go of feelings of guilt, educating each other on resources that might make life a little easier AND laughing together.
I’m so thankful for this group of ladies in my life and for Stacy who keeps us all organized. Our meetings seem to happen at just the right time when I need them most. Thanks to all of you lovely sugar britches.

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  1. Stacy Zobrist

    Well written, as always, Julie! I do think we all take turns leading and following each other, though. I’m just the admin. Hugs, Stacy

  2. Julie Sparks

    How often are these meetings and where?

    1. JT

      Sorry, I thought I had replied to this earlier, but I guess it didn’t show up. We meet once a month at different local restaurants.

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