Our family’s story: where should I begin? I suppose at the beginning, where my husband and I met and fell in love over 20 years ago:) It was love at first sight when a friend introduced us in college. Just a couple of weeks before that day, I had sworn off dating and told God we could reassess that prickly world again one day when He was ready to introduce me to “the One.” I recall the moment my future husband spoke to me. I whispered to God “Ok, someone like him, God. When the time is right.” Little did I know the time was just right. Over twenty years later, he is still “the One.”
And, 18 years of marriage and two kids later, we now juggle this crazy little chaotic life together. Like with every marriage, we have faced some highs and some lows. But, an added layer that is unique to our household is the management of the special and medical needs of our children.
In the summer before our son’s third birthday, we began the unchartered path of testing and evaluations for his language delay. It had become clear that his language skills were lagging behind that of his peers. After a few frustrations with the pediatrician and an early evaluator, I finally heard the word I feared the most: “autism.” I was shattered. The next few years were geared towards early intervention as we adjusted to life with the diagnosis and all that accompanies it.
Just as we started feeling like we could breath again, another bombshell dropped in our laps. I took my daughter in for her annual checkup two days after her 10th birthday, only to discover that her blood sugar was sky high. Within the hour, she was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Our world once again turned upside down as we learned how to dose for insulin, count carbs and, in essence, stand in as our daughter’s new on-call pancreas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sher Shares Blog
Sher Shares Blog began with an entry in my journal as a way to articulate all the emotions and struggles I faced with life as a special/medical needs parent. The entry literally evolved overnight into my first blog post. It took years of grieving and processing our kids’ diagnoses before I was ready to share our journey with the world. But, now that I’m finally obeying His call, it is my pleasure to act as a voice for special and medical needs. As I began the initial steps to create this blog, a friend mentioned early on: “We all know you have a lot to say!” That profound observation is an understatement. There is so much I want to share and am delighted to finally have the forum in which to do it.
Herein, I incorporate an array of topics commonly faced by families and individuals within the disabilities community. I believe firmly in self-care and prioritize mental health as a major focus on my blog. Also, one of my greatest passions is special education advocacy. Be looking soon for more resources on this topic. In the meantime, it is my prayer that other families will be well served by the content on this site. God bless you in your own journey, as you “find the joy” in your story.
In Loving Memory:
This blog is dedicated in loving memory to my late grandfather, Jack G. May (1930-1999), a leader in the field of psychology and mental health sciences. Through his research, he founded revolutionary approaches in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practices, and was a champion for children with special needs. Little did he know that he would lead the way for his own great-grandchildren. This is how I carry on his legacy, through my own advocacy and support to other families with special needs.