Thursday, February 16, 2012

A change of mind

This quote from No Ordinary Boy author Jennifer Johannesen (above with son Owen) sums up what I got last night from her BLOOM talk at Holland Bloorview.

“Your own experience of your child can improve and blossom and grow in a way that is not attached to achieving anything.”

Jennifer spoke about a shift in how she looked at Owen's disabilities: from that of high-achieving new mom who undertook her complex son's care like a 'project,' to one who realized after he died that she had stopped seeing his deafness as a disability. When she was asked to speak recently at an agency that serves children who are deaf, she at first didn't make the connection.

Jennifer -- you inspire me! Louise