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Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% – so that’s pretty good.

If the purpose of life is to love deeply, live selflessly, and give generously, then I would say that the the lives of special needs parents are among the greatest and most fulfilled.  They are the true unsung heroes of the world.

I thought I would have to teach my child about the world.  It turns out I have to teach the world about my child.

Parents who have children with special needs, also have special needs.  They need to know more than the average parent. They need to do more than the average parent. They need more patience than the average parent, and so much more.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.

Believe in yourself as a parent. You are your child’s best therapist and advocate.

Once you learn to appreciate small victories, there is no need for a finish line.

With tremendous burdens often come enormous gifts. The trick is to identify the gifts, and glory in them.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is inadequate.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to see past the imperfections.

Accept what is, let go what was, believe in what will be.

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.

Once you accept that your child will be different, not better or worse – just different – that’s the first step.

None of the tests, assessments, rating scales or progress reports will ever be able to measure just how awesome my special needs child is or how much joy, happiness, and love he gives to the world.

The breaking of that awful feeling of isolation is the greatest gift one Angelman family can give to another…. Those of you who will share your experiences will do it because in the Angelman family, that is what we do. 
Audrey Angelman


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