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  1. The Gang's Momma
    Jun 10 - 9:19 pm

    Congrats Chip. It’s a big achievement for you. And for your family.

    And congrats, Mom. Sounds like you raised quite an amazing young man. No small feat for you either.

  2. Heidi
    Jun 10 - 10:06 pm

    I have been worrying about those things just today as I am trying to figure out how much therapy my family can handle.

    Great post and a great kid!

  3. Take A Walk On The Happy Side
    Jun 11 - 10:43 am

    Thanks for this story. Timing is perfect for me. My 7-year-old daughter is acting out lately and I think it has to do with all the attention her 4-year-old identical twin brothers who happen to have Down syndrome get from absolutely everyone we come in contact with… and yes, from me too… I mean, there’s 2 of them to take care of and they need a bit more care than their same-aged peers so…. She’s an absolutely wonderful person and great kid but she’s giving ME a run for my money lately. Not listening, not doing, yelling and being a tad beligerent. Not a good year! God help me. I hope she grows out of it soon and becomes a responsible and NICE person like your Chip. In the meantime, I’m still in the throes of the guilt and worry. I use the worry as a catalyst to keep her needs and emotions at the forefront of my thoughts and actions.

    Thanks for sharing — I’m glad to hear there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

  4. Deborah
    Jun 11 - 3:21 pm

    Take a Walk, trust me, it has not always been all rainbows and ponies :) I have had some really rough times with my oldest son, especially when he was younger. He had to deal with a lot – my ex-husband abandoning us, his adopted siblings, and all the normal childhood angst that came his way. There was many a night when I cried myself to sleep thinking I was a horrible mother and wondering if getting back together with my abusive, alcoholic ex would be better for Chip. Thankfully, I didn’t follow that path.

    I started seeing Chip grow into the fine person he is today when he entered high school. There is hope and even though we have to slog through the bad times, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

    Hang in there, and email me privately anytime you want :)

  5. MMC
    Jun 12 - 7:23 am

    You should be very proud of him. As you rightfully are. I keep trying to tell myself that kids with special siblings grow up to my kinder, more caring and compassionate people. Thanks for sharing some real-life proof.

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