Let’s face it. If you’re raising a child with a disability, then your life is anything but typical. More like fragile, complex, overwhelming, exhausting. After battling the everyday challenges that never seem to leave you alone, there is not much left in the tank. You may also be in the situation where caring for your child for the rest of your lives is becoming more and more real. The older you get, the more difficult it will become to embrace that reality.
Not surprisingly, families of persons with disabilities are at a high risk of relationship breakup as they slog through the day-to-day stresses of trying to provide just the basics for their child. They are less equipped to deal with even the simplest of unplanned and unexpected events, sometimes just one step away from a complete breakdown.
Rather depressing, I know. And perhaps I’m just describing my world, not yours.
Don’t get me wrong. Most days, I face the world with energy, hope and joy despite all of these challenges because I know that Jesus is with me on my journey. But there are times when I have no energy, I’m drained of every ounce of hope, and joy is non-existent. Like the other day …
WHAT IF …
I lay in bed, unable to fall back to sleep, and my mind started playing with my overtaxed state-of-being. I started down the slippery slope of wondering how I could carry on with supporting Ben if something happened to Jan. You see, she had just left on an early-morning, work-related trip stateside and I was alone, and would be for the next 3 days.
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