The reason I advocate for my children is to eliminate speculation. I want to tell people who we are, so that judgement isn’t passed on to us unfairly.
I advocate so that people don’t walk away saying “wow, what’s wrong with them?!”
My own fears bit me in the butt the other day.
I met a woman in a wheelchair, she was probably over 300 lbs. after speaking to her for some time, she told me that she has a disease (that I cannot remember), that causes her body to retain fluid and create fluid around her organs. She painfully told me that people assume that she is “fat” because she eats too much, but explained to me how her body and this disease is failing her. She brought to my attention how “the system” greatly supports children, but she struggles as an adult to receive all the supports she needs.
I walked away feeling educated. I walked away feeling ashamed.
If someone who works so hard to advocate for the lives of others, can make such a harsh judgement, it scares me to think of society as a whole.
If I’ve learned anything it’s to not pass judgement.
We have NO IDEA what a person has been through, or the path they’ve walked. Please give everyone you meet a second and third chance.
We all have our struggles.
Everyone walks their own path, everyone needs special attention. If we were all meant to be the same, we wouldn’t have been brought into this world different.
Wouldn’t it be grand if we all accepted each other for face value? If we didn’t have side thoughts, if we didn’t pass judgement…
Hopefully I, myself, have learned from the experience, and I have changed the opinion of just ONE other.

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