Oh hey! *waves excitedly*
We've been working hard behind the scenes here at the Band to bring you a most special gift for the new year. We've been working on creating a calendar. I KNOW. It's very exciting indeed.
We knew we wanted to feature some of our very own Band members, but we also wanted to feature some of the conditions that we are the face of. Because here at the Band we are the face of many things, and we want people to know that we're not afraid to own those things and talk about them.
In addition to asking 13 folks to take a pretty picture for us, we also sat down with them to discuss what condition each is the face of, and what they have to say about it.
Introducing our very own Paula, who is up in October 2013 and representing the face of Special Needs Parenting.
What brought you to the Band?
I had been a follower of Aunt Becky, through both her blog and Twitter, so I was able to witness a the birth of Band Back together through that. After contributing a few posts about my daughter and the struggles of special needs parenting, she put out the call for more volunteers to act as the Brains of The Band, and I jumped at the opportunity!
How has this condition changed your life?
Being a special needs parent has tried my patience, and also brought the deepest sorrow and guilt along with the greatest joys in my life.
What advice would you give to others about your condition?
The comment I hear most from others is "I don't think I could do what you do". Yes, you can. The love you have for your special needs child gives you the strength you need.
What myth about your condition do you wish people would stop believing?
That our children are strange, stupid, or untouchable.
What is your favorite band or musician?
Where is your favorite place, real or imaginary, and why is it your favorite?
My favorite place is the horse ranch I volunteer at. The setting itself is peaceful, and the horses are the best therapists in the world.
What’s your guilty pleasure, and why?
80's music. It's what I grew up with, and I will always be a fan of Duran Duran.
Who is your hero, and why?
My grandmother. She has been my role model my entire life, with her kindness and sweet nature.
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