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What Being a Special Needs Parent Means to Me

Picture By the age of 25 I started telling my friends I wanted to be a mom. That’s all I wanted to be — a mom and a wife. I wanted to build a family of my own.

I got lucky. That year I was expecting my first child.

The baby planning, the morning sicknesses, the baby bump growing, the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book. All of it so exciting — first kicks, seeing your child via ultrasound. All so magical.

Then, suddenly at the 20-week checkup, your child has a heart defect. Your world shatters in a way.