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Therapy and sanity for ordinary parents of special kids.

Bitter or Better?

A few years ago, we were in Southern, Illinois (home of the world’s largest catsup bottle, by the way) speaking at a mental health conference when we met a wonderful woman, Darlene. Darlene had a difficult life raising a child with mental health issues, but she had to be one of the most positive people we’ve ever encountered. She told us. “Sisters, I really like your message. I’ve always thought I’ve had two choices when dealing with my daughter’s  issues. I could be bitter or better. I choose to be better.”

When we came across this  blog (see link below) from Hopeful Parents, it made us think of Darlene’s wise words and how many parents simply can’t get beyond the loss of the perfect child. Our book and Movement really helped us get to that point. We’ve found that life is a whole lot better on the better side (that’s why they call it better).  Of course, it was a long and difficult journey.

Yet, as the article explains, there are still a lot of us struggling to see the positive side. What advice do you have for someone still struggling to accept their child’s disability? Sound off and share.

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Reference: Circle of Friends by Janis Marle

One Response to Bitter or Better?

  1. Virginia Michalek January 12, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    I have just started reading your book! I was laughing and crying at the same time while I was walking through the library reading it. So, I took a few minutes to look at your website. Love it, too! I can relate to what you have written. I have a 14 year old daughter with multiple disabilities and and 18 year son with Aspergers. Not only that, but I am a special education teacher and was even before having my kids. I never get away from “the Wonderful World of Special Ed.” When people ask how I am doing, my response is usually -“Never a dull moment.” That just about covers all areas of my life.

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