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Christine is a proud Navy wife of almost five years. The Pinkham family is currently stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. When asked what her favorite part of being a military spouse is, Christine says, “all the adventure that we have because we always find the humor in situations.” If she were able to go back in time and give herself a piece of advice about military life, Christine would tell herself that “you will do a lot of hurry up and then wait, so be patient.” After years of taking care of her son Nathan round-the-clock, Christine began to neglect herself because she didn’t know about the respite care resources available to her. Once she began receiving the support, she began reaching out to others, telling them about services and “asking them to please take advantage and do something special just for yourself and your spouse. As the care givers, we must be able to recharge.” Christine became a Pharmacy Technician to help provide medical solutions for patients with special needs, like her son Nathan. She believes her advocacy role is to educate her peers and demonstrate, while it’s OK to be sad and mourn the loss of normalcy, there is hope and laughter will return one day. Christine also elies deeply on her Faith. “I can tell you that Nathan’s purpose has been to help me mature as a person. He has taught me to laugh from my gut out loud,” says Christine. Christine also says to not be afraid to ask questions, follow your gut instinct, and support it with sound research. Do not be afraid of fighting for your child’s needs. You will be surprised how strong and fierce you really are.”
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Christine Pinkham as the Military Spouse of the Day! We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate for special needs!
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