“I am not alone on this journey”

The Family Guild came into my life at just the right time. Having a child with special needs can be isolating at times. I craved a place where others understood what I was thinking and feeling. These parents, usually other moms, sometimes dads, they just get it. The Guild has given me connections with other families. These parents have life experiences and hard earned wisdom that they readily share. Their advocacy for their kids has paved the way for families to come. They show me that there is life after the diagnosis. Perhaps the best gift is the sense of community - I am not alone on this journey.

One member got her daughter to get a copy of an informative book (free to BC residents) for my use. She has also lent me books ,from her own library, written by moms of special needs children. Another time, my daughter cut her hand badly and the nurse on duty was a Guild member, she quickly calmed both of us down and we were on our way soon afterwards.

Our meetings are filled with laughter, understanding, words of comfort and support and sometimes tears. Often baking. And I hate to miss a meeting. It’s just that good.

Vi Poon, Sherwood Park, AB

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