A few months ago I had ants in my pants about the fact that there aren't any special needs support groups in our area. After speaking to a few different contacts in the special needs world I learned that most groups fizzled out a few years ago. Lovely. I was done searching and moved on to "Well, I start one then. So there!"
So, I contacted a friend at church and asked if we could start a group there. This is one of those moments where the stars aligned just perfectly. She told me another church member and her husband were just organizing and planning such a group.
We've been meeting for a few months now and its been absolutely wonderful. We've met some awesome people and formed some great friendships. It is the most amazing feeling when I say a phrase or acronym and do not have to explain it. To have another parent understand how a special needs bad day is different than just a bad day. To vent and have someone actually get it. We laugh, we cry, we support one another. We share resources. We opened new doors.
Did I mention how great this is?
Jer and I learned quickly that we're sort of veterans in the special needs world. While AJ is still young, we've been around the block and then some. I've said it before, but a little tiny piece of my heart heals each time I am able to use the knowledge we've gained from our experiences with AJ to help someone else.