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To those who doubt

You see deficits.  I see growth.
You shy away from our challenges,  I swim against their tide.
You see a diagnosis.  I see a child defying the odds.
You think of can’ts and imagine what may not happen.  I see possibilities.
You say  genetic limitations , and I see genes make proteins, that turn the cogs of the brain and body.
You imagine a plateau, I see a mountain. We will climb it together, she and I.
With every step forward, the horizon widens.
“Mommy, do grown up girls get married?”
“Yes, sweetie, girls have to be grown up before they get married.”
“I want to get married when I grow up, Mom”
“Yes, sweetie, I think you will.
I do believe you will.”

During 2014, I have had at least 3 therapists and a few friends tell me to my face “Hannah’s functioning at such a high level now, but she’s likely to struggle with social skills all her life.”  These are the same people who have seen Hannah make amazing gains in every area of functioning.  They don’t see their bias.  They don’t see that this is a “can’t” mentality.  To them, I say, “Watch us!”

*This week, the results of an informal assessment at school showed that Hannah’s social communication skills fall within the normal range.

Portrait by Becky Noblet of Tangerine Photography


2 comments on “To those who doubt

  1. Donna J. Dingwall
    May 4, 2014

    Becky, I loved reading this. You have a amazing way with words. The faith, strength and determination you have is truly an inspiration. This is the purest love from a Mother to her Child.

  2. holdingtomorrow
    May 6, 2014

    Thank you so much, Donna. 🙂 I sure appreciate it!

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