In a matter of weeks, BJ will be 21. Twenty-one! I can’t believe it. I’m so proud of the person he is. He brings us all so much joy.
As always, birthdays make me reflect on where we are and how far we’ve come. I thought in honour of his 21st I’d share 21 lessons I’ve learnt since BJ’s cerebral palsy diagnosis. I’d love to hear what others have learnt along the way, so please share in comments below.
1. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AS A PARENT OR CARER.
When BJ was first diagnosed I was a doe-eyed young mother who hung on every word of therapists, doctors and specialists. Although confident with babies and young children I suddenly felt out of my comfort zone when knowing what was best for my baby living with cerebral palsy. After a while I regained my confidence and became vocal. Probably too vocal but I’m happy to throw ideas around, problem solve and speak up. You can learn a lot from books but as a parent or carer you know your loved one. Trust yourself.