A Mothers Special Thanksgiving

By: Nicole Wheeler

This month we all take a moment to stop and be thankful. We feel gratitude for family and those we love. We come together and celebrate Thanksgiving. I am going to tell you a little bit about something I am thankful for today.

Something you probably do not know about me is that my beautiful 6 year old daughter suffers the effects of a traumatic brain injury. I was a first time Mom who trusted her doctor. I had no idea how dangerous vacuum delivery was and I certainly didn't know the appropriate protocol for how it should be performed. The photo 1vacuum was used on her head too many times and with too much strength. The tragic result was massive bleeding on the brain.

I know this doesn't sound much like a gratitude post but I assure you it is. I cannot explain to you why I am so thankful unless you know where I have been.

E is a brilliant, beautiful soul that seems to attract people to her everywhere she goes. She also is a sweet girl who has struggled a lot in her life. This post does allow enough time to explain the journey I have been on with E over the last 6 years. Here is the take away message though...BE GRATEFUL and APPRECIATE even the small things in life. Always. Without exception.

If I get more than 3 hours of sleep I am THANKFUL. I remember the long sleepless nights when E couldn't calm her nervous system enough to sleep. When I get her ready for school I feel BLESSED as I remember the two years she didn't leave the house and I thought she would have to be homeschooled. Even brushing her hair fills be with GRATITUDE as I remember the hair mats and how her hair was starting to form dreadlocks because she couldn't tolerate her hair being brushed.

I won't go on and on about all the little things I am thankful for about my beautiful E. She is an amazing little girl and I am so LUCKY to be her Mom. You don't have to have a "special" child to appreciate the little things. You do not have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful. Every morning when you wake up, spend 5 minutes thinking of things that you are grateful for each day.


unnamed-200x200Lisa Pokoluk is a stay at home mother of two beautiful girls aged 3 and 6– both with special needs. She believes motherhood is the ultimate adventure and approaches every aspect of parenting with a little comedy and a positive attitude. Lisa is a motivational coach, an online fitness coach and runs free clean eating challenges monthly on Facebook. You can connect with Lisa at Fitness Faster with Lisa Marie on Facebook or at www.teamheartandgoals.com

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