For as long as I can remember, Jake & I have wanted child. Actually ideally we would have loved to have had more than one child. However if I've learned one thing in life, it's that life never works out the way you expect.
I would like to say that we have been open about our struggles with fertility, but we haven't. In fact, for many years our struggles were kept only between us. As the years went on, we shared our journey with only a selected few.
The truth is, along the way, not everyone has been supportive. Sad to say, there are a lot of people who think that I don't have the right to be a mom simply bc I have Cerebral Palsy or am in a wheelchair. And this includes some people who were in my life & even some doctors.
You just would not believe what some people say - right to my face - when they are confronted with the truth I try to live in daily.
Truth is, CP is not genetic. And just bc someone is in a wheelchair, it does not mean they cannot be a good mother. It most certainly does not mean I don't deserve a chance to be a mom, if that's what my heart desires.
Then there is Jake who deserves to be a dad just as much as I deserve to be a mom. You should see him interact with the children he works with. He's amazing. I can honestly say that one of the privileges of volunteering where he works is getting to see this firsthand. He has truly found his sweet spot & the place where his heart lives.
And this is the journey we have found ourselves on... we certainly expected that we would have some challenges to deal with along the way & some things to figure out. To be honest, along the way, many things, which includes our many emotions, have not been easy at all.
And years later, we are still here. Waiting & praying. Knowing that one day things will fall into just the way they are meant to be, whether we are parents or not.