Proudly Supporting all Military Families with a Special Needs Dependent
Today, we want to introduce you to Willamina Beck, an Air Force Spouse, stationed with her family in Colorado. Her best experience with military life has been the opportunity to forge lifelong friendships, as well as the support and security offered by programs like the Exceptional Family Member Program. Willamina says that her biggest obstacle was finding a medical professional who was well-versed in seizure disorders and that could recognize her her son’s seizures. She says that PCSing from North Dakota (Minot) to Colorado was a bit daunting with two kids! The medical reassignment portion was “pretty pain free” once her son’s Epileptologist (an expert in epileptic seizures and seizure disorders) recognized his seizures and was able to write a letter of support for the relocation process. Mina practices self-care by reading. She says, “After the kids go to bed, I curl up with a book and stay up much too late until I get to a good stopping point which is never. School is another form of self-care, oddly enough. I get to socialize and I find social work (my major) very empowering.”
Mina’s advice for families who are new to the world of special needs is. “Although it seems like so much at first, you will learn about things you never thought you could know or understand. You will have days will you will mourn for your child and wonder about bullying and what their life will be like when they’re older. Don’t feel bad for having down days. Make sure you take time for self-care and time with your partner or someone you care about–don’t shoulder everything alone. Join support groups and don’t be afraid to seek second opinions if you’re worried you’re not getting answers.”
The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Willamina Beck, our Military Spouse of the Day. We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate.
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