It’s not that any one of these things doesn’t apply to our typical counterparts, it’s like the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), when a certain number of items apply, you meet criteria for diagnosis.
- Your recent calls consist entirely of doctors and teachers.
- You commonly use so much medical or educational (or both) jargon that your friends can’t always keep up.
- You feel like you continuously educate people about your child.
- You can manage doctor appointments and school meetings like a boss.
- You alternate between feeling like you need a superhero cape and like you just need a hot bath and a nap.
- You’ve spent hours on the phone with your insurance company advocating for coverage.
- You could have honorary degrees in several fields.
- People wonder how you do it all when in reality you know there’s no way you could not do it.
- Sometimes you’re lonely beyond words.
- Sometimes those parents on similar paths are the light and air you need to make it through the day.
- The only thing that keeps you focused is the boundless love you have for your child.
- You would do all of the above, all day, every day, for that sweet child of yours.