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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

According to Wikipedia, a support group is a place where “members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others’ experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks.”

Ask any parent who is rearing a child with special needs about the sheer necessity of having a group with whom one can share frustrations, lessons, questions, fears, and triumphs.

It is a lifeline.

When I leave my Autism support group, I feel both exhilarated and exhausted. The amount of information shared makes my head feel as if it is about to explode. The task of parenting a child on the spectrum is overwhelming.

But at least I know that I am not alone on this path.

I look around the room and think that I wouldn’t have chosen most of these women, for they are mostly women, as friends. And then I marvel that these women know things about me that I don’t even share with my closest friends.

Because they know. They get it. They understand. And I can’t imagine doing this without them.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 26 January 2011 8:41 am

    I recently joined my first-ever support group and, although it’s still too early to tell whether or not “I can’t imagine doing this without them” you are oh-so right: “…they know. They get it. They understand,” all of which makes things so much better than they might otherwise be. Hang on to your lifeline.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 26 January 2011 5:51 pm

      Sometimes it is good just knowing that there are people who understand… I hope that your group provides the support, laughs, hugs, etc.

  2. Dorron Katzin permalink
    Wednesday, 26 January 2011 9:30 am

    This is a question, not a comment, but I could not find your email address.

    Found this on the Jewish Libraries blog (http://jewishlibraries.org/blog/?p=775)

    Below is the schedule for the 2011 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave plenty of comments!
    ….

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
    Eishes Chayil, author of Hush
    Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
    at Frume Sarah’s World

    Does this mean that “Eishes Chayil” will be taking questions?

    Thanks.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 26 January 2011 5:52 pm

      Oy – I didn’t realize that I had neglected to make it easy to contact me. So thank you!

      “Eishes Chayil” will not be taking live questions. However, if there is something in particular that you would like me to ask, feel free to send questions my way.

      frummiehouse at gmail dot com

      And thanks for stopping by.

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