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My Son, My Inspiration
My Son, My Inspiration

My son Gabriel came into my life in August 2004, and as a result changed my outlook on life forever. I was unaware of my son's diagnoses through my pregnancy and was told that he had a chromosomal abnormality within hours after his birth. I was in denial and felt sorry for myself. Why me? Why did this happen to me and my family? After confirming that my son had Down syndrome, I learned all that I could about his diagnosis. If I only knew then what I know now, I could have saved myself so much heartache. Watching Gabriel through the last six years has inspired me in everything that I do in life. He was my third and last child. Watching Gabriel be challenged by his special needs has inspired me to overcome my challenges. I was a high school dropout and worked at a job that I had no gratification from. I felt I'd stay there forever because I did not know what I really wanted to do. Since Gabriel was born, I have received my GED and have completed over 30 college credits. I am working my way to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. I once felt sorry for myself, wondering why my son was born with a disability. I now wonder what I must have done right to have Gabriel in my life. We don't know what is in store for us with our children. They are all unique and different. There are no guarantees in life. Being a parent, one needs to handle all the responsibilities, regardless of a child's needs. Gabriel struggles to talk, but continues to try. I love his determination. This little boy has shown me more love in only four years that I think I have ever felt in all of my life. He spreads sunshine everywhere he goes. He is special in his own way. He has challenges, just as all human beings do. I have learned so much about what it means to be a mother from Gabriel. My Son, My inspiration: He is my son my greatest inspiration, He taught me life's lessons he is truly a gift from heaven. He taught me to keep trying and never give up, He taught me to be patient even when it was tough. He taught me to love unconditionally, despite that he has a disability. Mother of a special child, Pamela G




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