My mom, who had two children with disabilities, often encourages me to go to support group meetings with other parents who have children with autism. Honestly, I don’t have much interest in that, especially since the meetings are nearly one hour away from our home. But I understand why she wants me to go–she wants me to see that there are others going through what I’m going through.
However, I have my own take on that. One of the homeschool groups I belong to has a monthly women’s group meeting where moms can meet up, discuss what’s been happening in their and their family’s lives, and lift one another up in prayer. I’m not able to go to these meetings as much as I would like now thanks to our current ABA schedule, but I plan to go again when our schedule changes. I find the fellowship uplifting and reassuring.
We All Have Struggles
If there’s one thing that Women’s Group has taught me, it is that we all have struggles. There are some moms in the group who have children with special needs, but there are many moms who have neurotypical kids. What remains the same is that we all struggle.
One mom had her in-laws move in with their family when the father-in-law had a medical issue and discovered he had cancer. Sharing her home with them has not been easy because it’s hard to merge two different households together. Each family has a different way of doing things, and a compromise must be found.
Another mom worries because her adult son has moved out and insists on riding a motorcycle, which scares her to no end.
One mom had cancer, had surgery to remove the cancer, and then suffered from an infection at the surgery site that wouldn’t go away.
On and on their stories go, and it reminds me that I’m not alone. If I feel that I am struggling and suffering, so are these women. Everyone has their own cr*p that they’re going through.
The Power of Fellowship
Attending these meetings helps me get outside myself and realize that while our life may be difficult with two kids with autism and two kids with dyslexia, everyone else has difficulties in their life, too.
Life is messy. It’s difficult. It’s challenging. Really, the only difference is what kind of challenge is thrown your way and how you respond to it.
My hope is that by us sharing our stories and our prayers for one another, we will better be able to lift one another up and get through these difficulties. There is great power in fellowship.
I’m participating in Blogging through the Alphabet. You can find more blogging through the alphabet posts at Hopkins Homeschool.
My Blogging Through the Alphabet Special Learners edition posts:
C – Change
D – Dyslexia
E – Exhaustion