The Importance of Family and Friends

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The Importance of Family and Friends

by Carol Edwards

When our son was born severely brain injured, it felt as if our world had crumbled. Every dream we had had for him was put on hold. Instead, we had new hurdles to climb and they weren’t going to be easy.
What we discovered along the way was the importance of family and friends. Without them, we would have faced even greater challenges as we sought ways to help our little boy. We learned to accept the help that was offered and ask when we were in need. My family was there every step of the way. I could always sit down at the kitchen table at home and pour my heart out to my mother and father and sister. For them, I didn’t have to be brave. I could still be their little girl who needed reassurance from mom and dad that everything was going to be okay.
Friends were also a vital part of our day. People from school would spend evenings with us as we worked with our son. Some cut out bright pictures to show him while others would help us with his exercises. They were good people and were good listeners as well. But the most important support is that of one’s spouse. My husband and I worked together as a team and we understood each other very well. It seemed as though when one of us was struggling, the other was ready to take up the slack. And God was always there…
Raising a child with a severe disablitity is a daunting task.  But it can be a wonderful experience too if one learns he is not alone.
August 17, 2011

One response to “The Importance of Family and Friends”

  1. Ginger says:

    The aloneness is really what is hard. Congratulations for taking on this challenge Carol.

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