Christie and Elise understanding

The Strength To Face The World Again – by Christie Hermiston

When you know, you know

I was out shopping yesterday (battling the snow and wind because I’m mad!) as usual Elise was getting a few stares but I was ok so it didn’t bother me to much. I saw a women walking towards me pushing her son in a wheelchair. We both look at each other kids then at each other and smiled.
No one spoke, no one stopped, but we had an understanding.
We both understood what it took to get out that day, to get to that point where going out like everyone else wasn’t as stressful as it used to be and to the point where you started to feel a little human and get the strength to face the world again.

The friends we’ve made

I’ve met so many people through Elise’s journey, really inspirational people who are tirelessly working to make a difference for their children, I understand the struggle and to all these people I have to say thank you, thank you for making me be brave and stand up and tell our story, for making me understand that I had to get better for Elise because I’m her mother and I can get her through this.
On the days I don’t feel like I can, I look to these people for that understanding and remember it’s just a bad day, and tomorrow I will put on my big girl pants again and smash it.

Good luck

I will probably never see that women again but I wish you luck and hope that she has people around her who ‘get it’.

We are all in this together.


Christie’s Facebook page Elise Smashed It
See Christie’s other blog Thrown Into A World Of Cerebral Palsy

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I’m Christie, I am 29 and freaking out about the next big birthday!! I live with my daughter Elise, my step daughter Lucy and partner David. Elise has cerebral palsy. I have a facebook page 'Elise Smashed It.'

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I'm Aimee, and this is my daughter Emily. Emily has spina bifida. I have always found talking to other parents or people with disabilities reassuring. The disabled community is the best community to be part of. I created Rollin' With Mama so we could all share experiences.