One of the greatest joys of being a parent is watching your child participate in something he/she loves and be able to express that love in an outward manner complete with giggles, a grin as wide as the width of his or her face, and an invisible aura that radiates from the soul. If you are not a parent, I am sure you have at least experienced seeing a child engage in an activity that resulted in obvious happiness that it was contagious enough to enlighten your mood. There are very few "life of a medically complex special needs parent" experiences that I feel I am lucky to experience, yet if you have never met a child who has difficulty outwardly expressing his or her emotions and then you witness him/her outwardly display joy, there is really little justice with words that can explain the affect it has. It is one of those "you have to experience yourself" types of situations.
Over the past 3 years and 8 months there has not been one smile, peaceful or calm day, seizure free period, pain free time that has been taken for granted. Every time our family is blessed with an obvious joyful day for Sonzee it is felt by everyone. I personally can feel the happiness course through my blood and down to my bones. It brings chills and tears to my eyes. I have to fight the tears the same way I do when I am overwhelmed by negative emotions. It is as if my brain does not know how to correctly process the information, I go into system overload.
I am sitting here tonight re watching the videos and pictures I have taken over the past 3 days of Sonzee in her Make-A-Wish spa and the tears are hard to hold back. So many emotions wash over me. Besides the obvious momentary bliss and joy being in the water brings to her, it is validation, we did it...we understand her...we did something right...we have not completely failed her...we can help her be happy. I will not ever be able to adequately express how much of a positive impact this 2400-gallon rectangle of water has brought to this house, our family, and our little bear. We will forever be grateful to Make-A-Wish and everyone in Arizona who made this possible. This momma might actually get some sound sleep for the first time in 3 years and 8 months...
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