When Mason was a baby I used to sing him a song, and the lyrics had “Oh theres nothing that I wouldn’t do, go to the ends of the earth for you to make you feel my love..”
I just never knew how true those lyrics would be for us. Getting Mason a diagnosis, researching everything we possibly could. Calling our Doctors nurse line so I could ask more questions, make sure we were doing everything! Therapy appointments, school meetings. Emails to teachers, IEP meetings, school therapists, you name it, I’m on top of it. Getting my son the help he needs has never been hard. We are so thankful that we haven’t had to fight for a diagnosis, for a doctor to listen to us, and for a school to advocate and help him. Standing up to people who don’t see his illness, because it’s mostly invisible. Making sure we spoke up if people didn’t understand.
Getting Mason a service dog however, it’s hard. Financially and emotionally. You always want to do whatever you have to do to help your child. Admitting that your son needs more help than he is getting. Admitting that you need more help than you have. I’m not superwoman. I try to be, but I get tired and run down. Emotionally, mentally, physically. Coming to the conclusion that Mason was going to need more than I could continue to give, was hard. Finding out how much a service dog could bring to Mason’s life was mind blowing.
Also, asking people, strangers especially, for help, is so far out of my comfort zone. I’m a people pleaser to my core. I don’t like to ask for help. Opening up our lives, calling businesses, AND asking for money. All things way out of our comfort zone. We don’t even like to order pizza via telephone. I will go out of my way to order it online ha.
As a parent however, which I’m sure you understand, you will do anything, regardless of your comfort zones if it means it can help your child. Being able to see Mason grow, and become more independent, to be able to do the small tasks that take so much of his energy. Is worth every awkward phone call I have made to a business, explaining that I have no idea what I am doing, but I needed their help! Sharing over and over again on social media platforms, worried that I am getting annoying. I know my son NEEDS this, and I am willing to do all of those things.
We are just getting started on this journey, and I know this next year waiting for (hopefully ADA) his dog will be long. We are so thankful for everyones love and support.
If you want to donate to Mason gets a service dog, our go fund me is https://www.gofundme.com/f/mason-gets-a-service-dog?sharetype=teams&member=5138842&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&rcid=f497521b62704852b0c25308e7e2362d&fbclid=IwAR1BSxDxbvMUAp9iB1IR2VVgeORVJBH5tAOVZXTuYOYJLFlmLR-orVHkud8
I will post updates on fundraisers, and Tshirt sales over the next week!
as always, until next time,