Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A connection

Yesterday I had lunch with a very special lady. She has a teenage daughter that has special needs; she has dealt with seizures, major seizures.

Through a series of events and conversations, one can only conclude that this meeting was a gift from God. See this woman I meet with, is a pastor's wife of a very large church in our area and I am sure her schedule is very protected. On very short notice she was able to meet me for lunch.

I expected myself to feel intimidated and/or nervous to talk with her. But the moment we sat down, the conversation took off. We talked for almost an hour before we realized we actually needed to order our food. We shared many stories, found humor in some of the crazy circumstances that our children have brought us, shared struggles, how to deal not only with our special needs child but our other children as well, and much more.

Her daughter has gone without a diagnosis for most of her life and had so many seizures that were life altering. She tried the ketogenic diet. I asked questions about the diet, seizure treatments, doctors, tests, etc.

This lunch with this woman was just what I needed. I felt completely understood, without explanation and I felt comfort without the pity sympathy. I appreciate her time with me more than I could put into words. I could have sat and talked with her for many more hours.

7 comments:

The Henrys said...

I'm so glad that you had this chance to meet and connect with someone who just understands.

TMI Tara said...

I have had a few lunches like this. It is just one of the perks of being in the special needs "club"..... You meet amazing people that otherwise you never would have met. It is a very special thing.

The VW's said...

Sounds like the perfect afternoon to me! Glad that you had this opportunity! Hugs!!!

littleharves said...

a connection that is only be born out of understanding is a deep and honest one, glad you found her or she found you. just wanted to tell you also that harvey's genetic testing came back clear. just like brayden, he had no diagnosis, just a bunch of symptoms. they said because they still have his dna they will continue research and who knows....one day in ten years time, they may have answers! it only matters to me for future pregnancys, i now have nothing to test for. i'm a bit bummed about this xxx

Megan said...

That's so great Carrie! I'm glad God arranged for you two to have a special lunch together...no matter what we are facing in life, the wisdom of older christians who have been there before makes such a difference! I pray you will have more time with her at future lunch or coffee dates.

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

That sounds wonderful! God knows what we need and He provides in ways that we might not expect.

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