It’s Good to Get a Pat on the Back!

The one thing I’ve learned throughout the whole diagnosis process that Max and I have been through, is that actually I’m doing a damn good job raising my boys.

I’ve frequently been told this throughout their lives, but now I’m finally at a point where I believe what’s being said.

I had one of my last meetings with my Parent to Parent advocate today. Let’s call her Lovely, cause she is.

The amount of support I’ve had from Lovely is just beyond words.

From helping me with filling in DLA forms, to even coming with me to one of Max’s appointments and going in with him to get his bloods taken so I didn’t have to.

Not only that though, she *gets* it.

She has gone through similar with her own child when she was younger.

And she’s now helping people like me who are at the beginning of this journey.

I think I might want to be like Lovely when I grow up!

Today was really just a recap of all that’s been going on, the final diagnosis, and a good old chatter.

I love it when she comes over.

Lovely reminds me that it IS down to me that my boys are doing so well.

She’s been giving me that pat on my back since I first met her.

That although the “officials” have been wonderful (which they have, I really cannot fault the help and support we’ve been receiving since moving here and getting Max’s diagnosis process started), it’s me who’s taken that information and used it in ways that will help Max.

This is the end of our journey together.

As she said, I’m doing really well, and it’s time for her to help someone else who was in my position last year.

I know that whoever she helps, they are in very good hands.

Hopefully we’ll still stay in touch though.

Lovely told me to keep her number and if ever I needed some help, whether it’s with forms, or to talk over something, she’s there.

She really is one of a kind.

And you know what? So am I!

So Lovely, if you’re reading this (and since I gave you my blog address I really hope you are!) THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the help and support you’ve given me throughout the last year.

It really has helped more than words can say!


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  1. Jazzygal
    February 24, 2011 / 6:54 am

    Wel, let me give you another pat on the back too because you ARE doing SN amazing job wit your boys. And you’re so young too;-) BTW I’m always 256 in my head!

    Lovely sounds amazing. I admire her and I’m glad you have her in your life.

    xx Jazzy

  2. February 24, 2011 / 9:58 am

    I LOVE lovely!

  3. February 24, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    So pleased that you’ve had such a lovely person to help you along πŸ™‚ She seems….well….lovely! And yes, you are doing an amazing job! Now keep telling yourself that!

  4. February 24, 2011 / 5:56 pm

    Oh, Marylin! That is so wonderful! And you do SO deserve someone like that in your life when things seem complicated and unsure.
    I can honestly say that reading your posts in the past, I, long ago, came to the same conclusion as lil’ Miss Lovely. And I know it’s not the same to have someone you have never even met or actually talked to tell you that, but now… YOU KNOW!
    Hang in there chickie! You are doing a wonderful job!

  5. February 24, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    Thanks sweety! I believe you. πŸ˜€

    Lovely is such a sweetheart. I don’t know how I would have done everything I have if she hadn’t been around to help. πŸ™‚

  6. February 24, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    Hehe, me too! πŸ™‚

  7. February 24, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    I am! πŸ˜€ xx

  8. February 24, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    Aww thank you Krissa! *hugs* x

  9. February 24, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    You really are!! And that’s great you have Lovely πŸ˜€

  10. February 24, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    She is an inspiration to me, she really is!
    You are also one of a kind missy! Just remember I want to be you when I grow up! πŸ˜‰ xx

  11. February 25, 2011 / 12:34 am

    I like the sound of your Lovely. I think we could all use one of them every now and then!

    That was a really great post.

  12. February 25, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    Indeed, I totally agree! I want to be to other people what Lovely has been for me! πŸ™‚

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