Sean Posadas and Joni Fortini say they have been humbled by the experience of having a child with special needs. “She’s really opened our minds,” says Sean. At 18 months they knew something was different about their daughter Zoe. After numerous tests they learned that Zoe was on the autism spectrum.
A year ago Doug and Kellie Conde found that their only communication was around schedules. As parents of a 6 year old son, Brandon, with special needs, they found they had become prisoners to a schedule that kept Brandon’s symptoms under control. Unfortunately, this came at a price.
April 10th happened to be our 16 year wedding anniversary and we were celebrating at Magic Mountain with our kids. It wasn’t an ideal anniversary plan, but what could we do when Spring Break fall on the same week as the wedding anniversary? We figured after we got home we would celebrate in our normal fashion of dinner and maybe ask a friend to keep the boys for a night. That wasn’t nature’s plan.
The night before the EEG was such a long night. We were given directions that our son could only sleep three to four hours before showing up for the test the next morning. Those doctors have no idea what they are asking of us keeping up most the night.
I knew marriage was hard before getting married. My mom had always told me sometimes in marriage you will be in love and other times you will have to choose to stay with your husband. “The in love” feeling will not always be there, but it will come back you just have to hold on. Don’t ever tell my mom I think that was the best advice she ever gave me, but honestly I believe it is the one thing I have carried close to my heart daily for the last fourteen years.