Two years ago, I participated in the 31 Days Blogging Challenge with a series for Special Needs Families. It was called “31 Days of Supporting the Special Needs Family: Opening Dialogue, Building Bridges, Creating Community.”
A few months ago, I again felt the burden to open up this blogging space for the support and encouragement of special needs families, especially as my family is now 2 years post-diagnosis with our own special needs story. I began planning for 31 Days again, once again gathering guest-posters to provide practical tips and encouragement for others.
Last week, I realized this was a horrible idea.
Not the series itself, but the 31 Days Challenge aspect of it. In comparison to the amount of content I’ve already had drafted at this point on the calendar over the last two years, I am so behind in planning, it’s not even funny. I’m also recovering from our busy summer, recovering from planning our family birthday party (which I have still yet to blog about), and taking 10 credits this semester. So, on Monday, right in the middle of sweat running down my body after 30 minutes on the elliptical and RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PLANK, I heard my inner voice clear as day, say, “You don’t have to do 31 Days. You don’t need that kind of pressure in your life right now.”
I’m not really sure why the thought hadn’t occurred to me before that moment, but I’m just glad that it hit me like a 2×4. I got online and let my contributors know that I was quitting 31 Days before it even started.
There is absolutely no reason in this world why I cannot still do this blog series, especially when I have an amazing contributor team ready and excited to offer some fabulous content to my readers.
So, as an official introduction to this blog series…
This series is going to speak to the broad range of “special needs” that families have. This year, I especially want to give more credence to families who might face medical challenges, as well as continuing to share hope and encouragement to those dealing with invisible disabilities, mental illness, and other special needs. I also hope to offer some giveaways!
This will be our landing page, where all of the posts will be listed in the order they are posted. As my contributors get their posts to me, I’ll be formatting them and putting them up here. I have no plans as to how many posts this series will comprise nor how long it will take. (So, if you are interested in being a contributor, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!)
I asked special needs parents the following question:
If you could go back in time to when you first started along this journey and tell yourself anything, what would you say? What do you wish you had known at the time of your child’s first diagnosis, hospitalization, or surgery?
As a final matter of introduction, I am going to link to existing content that I’ve already created here that I think fits within the parameters of the series.