Working in health care for 24 years, I have met many strong people and seen true acts of bravery. But over the past month, I think I have met the bravest of them all.
My husband and I received a phone call on a Saturday from a lady we didn't know. She said she had something to show us involving our son Jackson. Of course, we told her to come over to our house immediately. We could tell the urgency in her voice. This dear lady came to our house with her daughter. As soon as we invited her in, I knew she was not coming for a happy reason.
She had come to show us a video she had taken of our son. Then she began to cry and said," I know I am going to lose my job, but this is the right thing to do." This woman, who I had never met, had recorded my son being in distress in the PE gym. He was curled up in a ball on the floor. A teacher's aide scooted him along the ground with her foot, while she and the teacher continued looking at their cell phones.
By the time she showed us the video, she was really crying. And my husband and I were both in shock and at a loss for words. This dear lady has 6 children and obviously needs her job. But she also knew that she needed to speak up for our son.
She opened our eyes to a nightmare situation going on at our son's school that we are currently addressing. But the bravery of this woman will never be forgotten. She will be another one of those guardian angels that has been placed along our path in our journey with Jac.
When you have a child with disabilities, you find yourself in a whole new world. You meet people you probably would have never known had it not been for your child. Some of these new relationships become as strong (or stronger) than those you have with your own family.
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