My children have overcome …

My special needs children have conquered the world

Not really, though it does sometimes seem like it.

It’s both the curse and the blessing of having special needs children, this reality we live in where everything is harder. Our friend’s kids crawled, walked, and talked ahead of schedule. We were overjoyed when ours rolled over by six-months-old. Took pictures when they walked at two (three)years-old.

Our kids have overcome this world and their way-too-many diagnoses, because they prove daily that they are so much more than any diagnosis or actual ‘special need.’ I realize I have been lax in sharing more of my kids with you. If you knew just how much they have achieved, you would see what I see when I look at these awesome guys.

This #SpecialSaturday I encourage you to think about what your child has overcome. To help you with this, I thought I would re-introduce you to my amazing guys.

Mini-Moody Bobby–12; Special Needs–0

Bobby's Language (Special and special needs) I remember one detail about my oldest’s first moments in this world. Because they were announced with little fanfare and the exclamation of a nurse in the delivery room.

“There’s something wrong with his eyes.”

Born almost blind, with eyes that were milky white instead of the supposed-to-be brown, Bobby spent his first month in and out of the regional pediatric eye specialist’s clinic. He was just around a month-old when they realized he had a rare disorder called Rieger Syndrome. At the time all we knew was that Bobby not reacting to the world around him and we were desperate for answers. Over the following years, we would fully realize Bobby’s uniqueness even as we welcomed Andy into the family.

At two, Bobby was having hundreds of seizures a day, unnoticed but not without consequences. By the time we received his diagnosis of Epilepsy and began drug therapy. His special needs piled up even as his vision improved. He faced eye surgery and exams under anesthesia, EEGs, daily therapy, and the adoration of most who met him. Bobby, it seemed, was a charmer.

Today, he’s proven many experts wrong, since at 12-years-old he walks and runs (carefully), talks (sometimes so much more than I would wish!), and is continually making progress. He has overcome the blindness of his birth and, while he is legally blind, he sees more than most people I know. The experts say his functional vision (what he actually uses) is astounding for someone with such vision loss.

I tend to agree–he is a truly astounding mini-Moody.

This is part one of my special needs kids overcoming the world, just in time for #SpecialSaturday. I invite you to come and learn about the other mini-Moodys later today in Part 2.

What have your special needs kids overcome?

That’s the question for this week’s Special Saturday awareness campaign and if you have a post or a tweet  you can add it to the list below. Let’s share a truly amazing list with the world by sharing the URLs for tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, and other articles that complete the sentence: My (special needs) kid(s) have overcome [fill in the blank!]

Katrina Moody

Katrina Moody

Graphic Designer, Wordpress Addict, Blogger at Kat's Media & More
I'm a special needs parent before just about everything else in life, but also a passionate advocate for my three boys and husband, who all have a bit of awesomeness about them. Awesomeness = Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Autism, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, and more. It all adds up to some awesome kids and an amazing family.
Katrina Moody
Katrina Moody
  • http://30daysofautism.wordpress.com/ Leah Kelley

    I sure do appreciate this post! I find that when I get caught up in the advocate role… I too sometimes need a reminder to breathe and take account of all that my child has accomplished. I can't wait to read your other posts!

    Thank you Katrina :)

    He is a link to one of my posts that I think relates:

    Enlightenment and the Passing of Time
    http://30daysofautism.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/14

    • Katrina

      Thanks Leah – I'll be posting them after the munchkins go to bed. *hugs* It's so easy to slip into the advocate role and never look back, I found this post a refreshing way to remind myself of all they have accomplished as well. :-)

  • http://imjustthatway.com Dani G

    Our kids are fighters, that's for SURE!!

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  • http://wileydise.blogspot.com Wiley

    Love the attitude and the thoughts!

    • Katrina

      Thanks so much!

  • http://www.tips4specialkids.com Kathi

    Wow! Your amazing strength, patience, and pride is evident in your posts which is so admirable! I am special ed teacher who just started a new blog all about strategies for parents with special needs children. I am on the hunt finding the mommy blogs of special needs children to let them know about my blog and offer strategies and ideas. Help me help others by spreading the word! I would love for you to check it out!

    • Katrina

      Kathi –
      Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I have much more admiration for the folks like you, who are special ed teachers for other parents' children. We are usually not the ones who choose (except for some amazing individuals who adopt) – we're bred through the everyday, ordinary occurrence of having a child, who just happens to have special needs. We learn and we grow because we love our kids, that's all!

      I would definitely love to check out your site. I'll put it on my to-do list this week and will be happy to let others know what I find! Have a great day! And thanks again, for commenting.

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  • http://learnecholocation.blogspot.com Tim

    Great post and great thoughts. Thank you for sharing. Here’s an article on overcoming challenges with vision loss I thought was related:
    http://learnecholocation.blogspot.com/2012/06/overcoming-challenge-of-learning.html