You keep pushing through, keep a positive attitude and never give up!
Growing up, I never realized how much having a dad with a visual impairment would shape my life. It would prepare me for so many obstacles that would come my way… I had no idea! My son, who is 19 now, was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 9. My daughter, who is now 13, has central core disease, which is a form of muscular dystrophy. She uses a wheelchair and has never walked. After a 5 year battle with infertility, we adopted her from birth. She has had multiple surgeries along the way, mostly on her spine. That girl is tough as nails!
Sounds like a lot? Some days it certainly could be overwhelming, and of course those things are obstacles in life, BUT what my dad taught me growing up is that you never let those things stop you. You keep pushing through, keep a positive attitude and never give up! My kids live by that rule, and so do I. But admittedly, some things are a challenge. Social situations can be difficult. In this family, we like to find solutions to issues. So this year, my dad started a community-based center in Greensboro, which provides opportunities for kids to hang out, play games, do art, and have a great time with friends. It’s so important for all kids to feel included no matter what their abilities are. When I see the happiness on the kids’ faces, it makes me feel like something is happening that really matters. My dad and my kids make me so proud every day!