A Mom is defined as the woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else. This is so very true. To me, my mom is that and so much more. She is the woman who, not only loved and supported me, but she motivated me and encouraged me in whatever I wanted to do in life. She has never held me back and I thank her for that. So to honour her on Mother’s Day here is her thoughts and feelings about being a mom to not only me but my sister.
Raising Alexis was very easy with the personality and good spirit she has. It was a good thing I already had one child. That made it easier to know if Alexis was going through a normal childhood phase or a symptom due to her disability. The things I found challenging raising Alexis was when we had to go to appointments or clinics, or if surgery and hospital stays were involved.
For the most part, my parenting didn’t vary from Alexis’s sister and her. However, some things had to vary because of her disability. The most fulfilling part of being a parent of a child with a disability is how proud you are of your child with the accomplishments they have made.
I can’t choose a favourite memory of when Alexis was growing up because I have many so it’s difficult for me to pick one. The thing that has surprised me the most is how much Alexis has advocated for herself and for other people with disabilities.
Alexis and her sister have motivated me to keep going through tough times and challenges.
I love you, Mom!