What surprises you most about being a mom?
I am always learning and adapting. My children grow and change constantly and in such individualistic ways. Parker has a disability and struggles with chronic pain but always has a sweet smile on his face. I have learned so much about life by realizing how authentic and genuine his happiness is despite his hardship. Finn, my youngest, shows me that he cares about others and has so much more introspection as he develops. The rewards of being a mother surprise me every day when I see my children change and grow into amazing people.
How has being a mom shaped your life?
Being a mother saved my life and has inspired others. When Parker was born with significant disability, I had to learn to be a nurse, therapist, case manager, advocate, doctor, and a mother. His light became my inspiration to help and serve others through seeking education, partnering, advocating for others, providing outreach to legislators, and outreach to other mothers of medically fragile children. Since having my children, I have changed my priorities and life has taken on a completely different meaning. My spirituality has also changed and become full of meaning.
Share one of your favorite stories from motherhood?
My youngest son’s teacher once told my family about a nonprofit agency (Magic Wheelchair) that has made wheelchairs into very fun and artistic costumes. I signed Parker up and the agency took on his costume. His wheelchair was turned into a beautiful under-the-sea theme. We had a big reveal in Stoneham and Chanel 6 covered the story. That night, I had never seen Parker so happy. It was a great day with my family. I have so many great memories.