I hope that people new to the blog will read it from the beginning so that they appreciate just how incredible some of the developmental steps Sophia achieved along the way are. Her brain is catastrophically damaged, there is no getting away from that fact.
I fully appreciate what a challenge it is to devote the time and effort in maintaining the constancy of stimulating a severely disabled child, but I hope this blog shows that if I can do it, anyone can. I am not a gifted person, I have no unique qualities, my world fell apart and I mourned, but I knew that whatever was going to happen I’d cope and I was desperate to ensure Sophia had the best start in life. Her amazing development is testament to the time and effort that has been put into ensuring she had this best start. I hope this blog inspires the parents of all severely brain damaged children to ensure their child’s maximum development, whatever that may be and I hope it informs onlookers as to the momentous journey life is with a disabled child. On a purely selfish level, the greater a child is developed in the early years, the greater their chance of a more fulfilling, less dependent life – i.e. a happier child who isn’t as hard to look after – what a long term win-win!
I live in Holland, although I long for future short breaks to the rest of the world, and I want to live in Holland because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be with my gorgeous girl.
So – on we go…