‘You don’t fit in. Old friends move on without you. They go to theme parks. You go to hospital rooms.’: Special needs mom pens ode to ‘the parents who feel like they don’t belong’

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“To the parents who feel like they don’t belong.

When your old friends move on without you.

When you feel like you don’t fit into any social circle anymore.

When everyone around you spends their time at sports practices, theme parks, and parties while you spend your time at therapy, doctor appointments, hospital rooms.

When the people you used to be close with stop checking in.

When it all starts to feel too heavy for you to carry.

When you feel like you don’t belong, take a step back and look at your life. You’re exactly where you need to be.

You belong here, holding your child’s hand during blood draws.

You belong here, giving your child a million kisses and telling them to stay strong while they are being rolled back for surgery.

You belong here, rocking and comforting your child during a seizure.

You belong here, advocating and being a voice for your child who can’t tell anyone where it hurts.

You belong here, being your child’s biggest supporter and fighting this fight with them.

You belong here, raising this miracle child you were given, loving them and carrying them up every step of that mountain you’re climbing.

You belong here…because no one could do it better or love them any harder than YOU.”

Courtesy of Chelsea Stewart Photography

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Chelsea Wasden of Valrico, Florida. You can follow her journey on Facebook and Instagram. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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