My Top 3 Takeaways From CHOC Walk in the Park
My Top 3 Takeaways from CHOC Walk in the Park
Having a child with special needs you tend to not take for granted the little and ordinary things your child accomplishes. Seeing your child initiate play with a peer, knowing how to engage in a simple conversation with a classmate or self regulate themselves enough that they are not perceived as strange. These struggles are nothing in comparison to the fights some parents face when a child becomes terminally ill. I am beyond grateful for my girls health everyday and her accomplishments in spite of her autism.
I was honored to be included in this years CHOC Walk in the Park, I've always wanted to participate but up until a few years ago it wasn't even an option as my daughter was just completing her therapies and still learning to comprehend social settings. This year was our year! I was given the chance and we did it together. A few years back she would not have understood going to Disneyland and not be able to ride the attractions and leave the park without doing so. Our dedication made our walk possible and I was so proud of my girl for making it through the entire event, we ended up walking over 7 miles.
As we began the walk, I was hit with the memories of how much Disneyland has helped my child learn and grow in public, it went from our ABA reward to our happy place with no strings attached.
Seeing the crowds and the children and the families that were there in memory of those that couldn't be was very moving. It really makes you all the more grateful for what you have in your life.
So what did I take away from our walk for choc walk in the park?
To be grateful for what you have, there is always someone dealing with something far more worse than you are.
Love your children with all your heart! Tomorrow is never promised and they are only little for a short time.
Be kind, for you never know what battles others are fighting.