Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent
Introducing our Military Spouse of the Day: Andrea Thomason, a Navy wife for 14 years. Currently they are stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland. The thing she loves most about being a Navy wife is a shared family history. It is a bond she shares with her Grandmother, who was a Navy wife during WWII. She also enjoys the travel, and experiencing other cultures. Coming from Canada, seeing new parts of the world is fascinating.
All three of Andrea’s children have special needs. Two of her children have a condition that requires extra love and support. They have all taught her that fighting for someone you love is one of the greatest things you can do. Andrea says, “When one of your children is severely disabled, you have this drive to want to make the world a better place for them, make sure they are respected as a human being. We are all on this planet, living together, all very different from each other so celebrate it, not have fear of the other.“
Andrea’s advice for other special needs families is to take time for yourself, as hard as it is. Make sure you have a little time during the day, just for you. It could be an hour, or it could be five minutes. Maintain yourself. There is no shame in admitting you need help. In fact, it is a sign of strength when you acknowledge a point where you know you can’t do this alone. Also, take it one day at a time. Each day is different from the next. Good days, bad days, or those in between remember to take a breather. Also, remember you are not alone. There are a lot of special needs communities out there, and if you can’t find one, you can always start one that fits your needs.
You can find Andrea on her blog at Spouse, Kids and Special Needs Aren’t Issued in a Seabag? https://www.facebook.com/militaryspousekidsandspecialneeds/?fref=ts.
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Andrea Thomason, our Military Spouse of the Day. We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate.
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