I have three incredible children who are a constant source of inspiration to me. They are lively, independent thinkers and each have their own unique way of being in the world. One has autism, one is sensitive and one has both Down Syndrome and Leukaemia. I have had plenty of opportunities to sit with my own huge range of emotions, and use creative self-healing approaches to help me to be the best mother I can be.
I wrote this book while in hospital with my son, to help myself and to inspire all the incredible parents with children who experience the world differently: children with unique ways of being in the world, their challenges, diagnoses, illnesses, abilities and disabilities.
Parents can have such a wide range of experiences ranging from crisis and overwhelm, to healing and joy. The emotions on this journey can be varied and at times feel extreme. Parents can feel isolated, with no idea who to turn to or how to manage the ups and downs.
This magical tale gives some sense of what life can feel like when it is stormy. Every storm is different. It can arrive abruptly with no warning, with life turned upside down in a moment. It can rumble around on the horizon, within sight and threatening for a while before its full force is felt. Sometimes its impact is so powerful, it’s clear that life will never be the same again.
This story is based on actual experiences my clients and I have had on our own personal healing journeys. It contains feelings that have been felt, imaginings that have been seen and experiences of healings that have truly happened. This can happen for you too.
My research has shown that 20% parents with children who experience the world differently have a disability themselves, compared with just 8% of the general population. They are also at a higher risk of mental health challenges, addiction and experiencing additional pressure on their relationships.
The funds raised will be used to self-publish the book, donate printed books to parents with children who experience the world differently and create online resources for parents who are interested in taking the healing process further.
The more parents are able to heal and grow from their experiences the more capacity they have to support their incredible children to develop and flourish.
Wherever you are within your own personal storm, know that this too shall pass and you are loved, always.