Why I would never ‘cure’ my kid with special needs.

Every once in a while I’ll come across a conversation were parents are waxing philosophical about whether or not they would ‘cure’ their child if they could.

My answer to this question may raise some eyebrows. (And offend anyone who doesn’t want to read anything about religious beliefs.  NOW would be a good time to wander away if stuff like this bothers you.)


While I would be the first in line for a way to cure pulmonary hypertension, the extra chromosome is no big deal to me.

Yup, you read it right. I think Parker is perfect just the way he is.

I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.


You can even wonder what the hell is wrong with me. (You so won’t be the first to experience that thought.)

I believe that each and everyone of us, before we were sent down into our earthy existence, were told exactly what we were getting ourselves into.

And we agreed.

I believe that each of us needs to experience different things during our earthly probation. What I need to learn, you may have mastered long ago.

And vice versa.

I believe that we are here to help each other live lives worthy of return to our Father in Heaven’s presence.

None of us can do it on our own.

I believe that those with special needs mastered, before they even came down to earth, what most of us are still struggling to grasp.

And I believe that spirits like Parker agreed to accept the calling as master teachers for the rest of us. I believe that they offer us opportunities to raise the bar in our lives. To reach out and reflect Christlike love in our own actions.

Each and every day Parker gives me the opportunity to be a better person and commit to extend more love and grace to those around me.

Which just so happens to be a few of the things I so need to work on.

Yup, this little Captain of Chaos teaches his Mama on a daily basis.

Parker’s life is, overall, amazing. He learns, he loves, he grows, he recognizes and expresses joy.

Not exactly something I believe anyone should be ‘cured’ of, don’t you think?

What do you believe about those, like Parker, who live their lives within the realm of special needs?


ps: Something that MUST be cured?  The pity we (and so many others)  STILL receive in connection to our kid.  It’s like all of the blogging I do, all of the love I express, all of time I spend explaining how thrilled we are to have this kid in our lives just kinda leaks outta people’s ears.

DON’T pity a kid with special needs.  (Or their family for that matter.)  Instead take a moment and wish you had that kind of courage to draw upon in your own lives.  That kind of determination to succeed. Even if our definition of success comes no where near that of the mainstream definition.

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