My life has been like an oyster. The sand and dirt of challenges have rubbed me raw, but the most beautiful pearl was formed. That pearl is my daughter Piper. She has never been able to speak a word, and yet she has touched so many people with her smile that words seem unnecessary.
At the age of 14, my 10 year old sister died of cancer. I proceeded through life as a perfectionist, always afraid to let my parents down. School was just really hard for me…. At the time, I did not realize that I had dyslexia. My life continued to get rougher as I aged. I battled an eating disorder, infertility, and severe depression/anxiety. The birth of my daughter was the turning point.
Her birth was traumatic and not what I had anticipated. She remained 17 days in the NICU, until we were sent home without answers. There was no recipe or lesson plan to follow. This was over 14 years ago. Today, Piper is still nonverbal, needs assistance with all of her daily life skills, but she is my joy. She needs to me to get up every morning to be her mom and teacher. I will cherish every moment I have with this beautiful pearl.
It is hard to know where to turn for help and how to navigate the government systems in health care and schooling. Let me share my journey with you and equip you with strategies. God has plans for a future filled with hope. He has purpose in your trials. Jeremiah 29:11