Being a parent to a special needs child is difficult. But being a friend or family member of that parent is also a challenge, I have realised. In particular, knowing what to say, how to say it, when not to say anything, and when I need their support, is a testing task.
When I was younger I had my life and family mapped out. I would meet and marry the man of my dreams, and fall pregnant with ease. Following a textbook birth, we would breeze through a divine few months of new-baby heaven. A perfect toddler and child, my little angel was going to be ridiculously beautiful, with intelligence off-the-scale, achieving highly in sport, joyful around adults and popular with peers.