By: Provincial Parent Liaison, Kathryn
As the rustle and bustle of the Holidays slowly comes to an end, and the New Year is upon us, its hard not to reflect on this past year, and all the triumph and tribulations that came with it.
As some of you may remember, I previously wrote a blog about making the heart-breaking decision to place our oldest daughter, with very complex special needs, into a short term behavioural treatment program. Her discharge date was December 22, 2017.
With the stress that the holidays bring for so many of us who are raising children with trauma and attachment issues, we also had the added intricacies of having our daughter move back home, and trying to support all three of our children as we shift back into our new ‘norm’.
Despite my own expectations and dream of having my family whole again for the Holidays, I knew we would have to take a giant step back on all the festivities as we all transitioned into our new routines. We spent months with medical, mental health and behavioural professionals, getting a plan in place…and now it was time to put it into action.
We managed to get through many of the Holiday parties, Christmas morning and New Years, by making things low key. It soon donned on me that these changes that had to be made was not only for my own home but that of our extended family. Saying No to certain events, bringing along specialty equipment to us, changing our dinner time to accommodate new medication schedules, has been something that everyone around us had to also begin to shift.
To me, the New Year brings new opportunity and hope. 2017 was probably one of the more challenging parenting years of my life, and I know we are far from over. Continuing to advocate for my child and family is something that will continue in 2018, but its something we all feel more equip to do. We know we aren’t alone in our challenges, so I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to all the other families out there struggling, to know that you are not alone. May the New Year also bring you Hope!
From one Complex Family to Another, we are wishing you love, laughter and a great start to 2018.