But most of all, I am blessed with an incredible family. My parents picked up the slack from the very beginning. When Ash was born, it took me a while to get my head above water and even wrap my mind around the disorder that affected her. During this time, it was my mom that was researching every product and finding every support group she could. She has always been there to help give me a break if I just need a weekend away, and for a shoulder to cry on on those days when it starts to feel like too much. And my dad has always been that guy that let me get the tears and anger out on those days where I ask myself "why her?", but has always been strong enough to tell me that it's time to put my big girl pants back on and get through the tough times. Neither Ashlynne, or I would be where we are at today if it wasn't for all of the unwavering love and support they have shown us on this journey.
|My, and Ashlynne's biggest cheerleader|
It is because of all of these people, and many others that I have not mentioned, that we have been able to give Ashlynne as "normal" of a life as possible. Thank you to every single one of you for your support, for being a part of our lives, and for sharing our story!