Our journey with disability has been filled with many memorable dates, moments and phases. Those places on a calendar than forever change your life. They become burnt into your memory, your flesh, and your soul. While we have quite a few, the biggest of course are Imogen’s two diagnoses. However, there are periods of remission, moments of defying Down syndrome stereotypes and finding our identity within the world of disability.
Our journey has been littered with good years and dysfunctional years. For me professionally I worked for a number of years building my knowledge base and experience in working with students with disabilities. Then in 2014 I was given a blessing in disguise and stepped back from having to constantly bring work home and giving more of myself to my job than I had any right to give. I have had 18 months to support my girls, focus on home (renovations are fun!), find a new professional direction and the blessing has come again 10 fold.
Today is one of those dates that I will forever remember as it's the day I'm submitting my proposal for my doctorate. I will officially be a Doctoral student.
For about 6 years I've had this idea floating around in my head and the jobs I've had in the meantime have all given me bits here and there to contribute to it's growth. The teachers that I have worked with have confirmed time and time again that my idea is valid and that there is a need to change the way teachers think about students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
I thought my idea was not much chop honestly, but now that I have 5 university staff vying to be my supervisors I'm starting to think that maybe there is something truly unique in my proposal. One supervisor is already talking about where to publish and which international conference to present at. To say that this thought terrifies and exhilarates me would not really encompass the range of emotions I'm experiencing.
I can't begin to think of where this is going, without being filled with gratitude for my big girl. Without her, I wouldn't be here. Without her my eyes would not have been opened to this world. Without her, today wouldn't be a date worth remembering, and not soon to be forgotten!