The following is another reason I continue to share my journey. I received this email from another mom whose daughter recently received a diagnosis of CP:
I certainly hope that I can be a source of encouragement for her and someone she can look to for advice. I don't think I'm good at giving advice but I will certainly try my best. The best thing I feel that I can do is to share about my daughter's experiences and to share resources. This is one reason I continue to blog.
Yesterday served as another reminder of why I blog. I recently met one Jackie's classmates' mother. I've never really had the opportunity to befriend a Muslim family. It isn't that I avoided making friends with those who are Muslim. It's not that at all. I've never been fearful of making friends with one. I don't believe I've ever even worked with one. Actually, I have had a Muslim professor as well as a Hindu professor. But I was just a student and never kept contact with either one of them. Lately, I've had to opportunity to talk to this fellow mom at our children's classroom parties. N seem nice enough and even gave me her phone number in case I ever needed a babysitter during the day. Yesterday, after I worked out at the YMCA, I encountered N there while she waited for her toddler to finish swim lesson. I am so glad for the opportunity to get to know N. I have to admit that I've always thought Muslim women to be somewhat mysterious and that they are not open about their lives. But I am learning that this is not the case at all. At least, not with N. She may wear a head covering and that pretty, dress-like garment (not sure what it's called) that they wear but underneath all that, she is just another ordinary person. She shared with me about her struggles with depression and anxiety. She also shared how she experienced severe postpartum depression after delivering her youngest child. I told her that I was able to relate to her very well as I had struggled with the same thing and that I still struggle with anxiety today. She went on to share how she is so desperate for women friends and to be able to get out with just other women even if it's just one night a month. I could see the pain in her eyes and in her voice. I know it firsthand. I may not know N much but I feel I can relate to her already. We may have differences in our religious views but I am not about to let that keep me from reaching out to her. There is a reason that our children are friends and in the same classroom. There is a reason that N and kept encountering each other outside of the school environment. Perhaps I am to be the source of encouragement that she needs and the friend that she needs, despite our religious differences.
So that is another reason why I blog; to try to be a sounding board and a source of encouragement to others no matter what our differences are.