BY: DANIEL PETERSON
After realizing that her fourth born began showing the signs of developmental disability, Keesha Hall—a Chicago-based mother changed her life for the better. Additionally, after becoming unemployed, on the brink of poverty and broke, being a mom, she was highly determined to learn how she could become her son’s champion. Through the assistance of Educare (a non-profit organization), Hall learned to accept her child’s diagnosis and therefore strengthened his social, behavioral and emotional health.
And therefore she has decided to share her experience and advice for young mothers who experienced similar up and downs—and how she transformed an unfortunate situation into a gift—not only for herself but also for several other moms too.
The 42-years-old mom is the chairperson of the Educare Alumni Network/Entrepreneur that is located in Chicago, Illinois. “I work privately with the clients and go to their respective houses to help them with their kids with special needs.” Hall clarifies “Not all of my clients have kids with special needs though, but the majority of them do.”
Hall reveals what it requires for one to care for a child with special needs, adequately. “You’ve to be understanding and patient to be able to live together in a household with a kid who screams every time or have difficulty in going through life by her/himself. With my son, I am always grateful for progression and not perfection because he is perfect in my eye and also in his own way.”
As a mom who has been through a lot, she says how accepting the challenge has been of importance to her: “I am a mother of four, but I did not have this experience of staying with a child with special needs.” Hall says adding “I was in denial for some time. Now, he’s 10, and I was in denial for around 7-years. I was not ready to accept the fact that my son would struggle or that he’d be academically behind. It took years of educating myself and years of therapy, learning more about my son and developing patience.”
If given chance and means, Hall wishes to change the lives of moms across Chicago: “If I can assist the next person, then he/she can pay it forward and probably [they] can help somebody else. So it is always important for me to give whenever I’ve and help the next person.”
Finally, a mother of her own league has this advice for young moms with special needs children: “You have to dig deep, and you cannot give up. You’ve to be patient and also try seeing the world through your child’s eyes.”
Indeed inability isn’t incapability—so let’s love our brothers and sisters with various challenges just as we love anybody else.
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