October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. There have been a lot of happenings on face book, blogs, and other things going on. Below is something that I contributed to another blog, but also wanted to add it to this one as well.
"What do I know now that I wished I had known when I found out about Tanner's Spina Bifida?"
"Wow! Where do I begin? There are so many avenues I could take. But the main things that stand out in my mind more than any others are...
- I wish I would have known what an absolute joy Tanner would be in my life!
- How no matter how hard it gets, I AM strong enough to handle it!
- That the doctor that told me that Tanner would have no quality of life, was DEAD WRONG!
- How much I have and will continue to learn from him!
- How much happiness he truly brings into my life!
- How I had nothing to worry about because he is so much more than the spina bifida diagnosis!
- I really wish I would have not worried so much about all the "what ifs" and enjoyed my pregnancy.
I could seriously go on and on about how much I love and adore Tanner. He's my little miracle from God, and I love him to pieces!"
This next part I borrowed from a friend -
SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS : You should be aware that having a child with SB may cause increased motivation to help others, a newfound perspective in times of trial, a desire to enjoy the little things and commitment to change the way the world defines "disability". Studies show that raising a child with SB will induce strong feelings of gratitude for even the simplest of milestones and produce a willingness to do anything, talk to anyone, try any method necessary to make life better for your child. Side effects include feelings of worry, fear, uncertainty, and anger but are tempered with love, faith, determination and hope. Having a child with SB is not easy...but loving one is. ♥