t's been a long while since I visited this site and I have missed the creativity, advice,  and conversations you all give. It was a rough winter, not only weather wise (I din't mind that, the one benefit to cold and snow is more quilting time), but I lost my son in December to a horrible brain disease. My son was developmentally delayed and suffered from a disease much like ALS.  He was my "special" needs son. He was special. but not because of his illness or disabilities, he was special because of his smile, his love of life, his gentleness, his eagerness to help everyone ?have the best day ever". His death has left a huge hole in my life and heart, but his smile and his "I got this mom" helps me to go on. And I do, I go on because he taught me that no matter what life throws our way, we are strong and we don't give in. And we go on with a smile. In the end, he didn't give in, he fought the illness with bravery and always with a smile. ......

I have been quilting like a crazy woman, pushing myself to heal, and to create. Quilting is my therapy and has given me moments of peace and distraction. I am working on learning FMQ and I will not let it beat me. Oh, it is frustrating and challenging but I don't give up easily. Some day I will say "I got this".

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Comment by Riana Noyes on June 28, 2014 at 8:42pm

Victoria, there is a Freemotion w/domestic machine group here on Myquiltplace , you will find helpful hints & tutorials there. No one who hasn't gone through what you just have can truly understand, but l sincerely hope that with quilting and other activities, you may obtain peace of mind. 

Comment by Marcia on May 21, 2014 at 1:23pm

Victoria,  I am so, so sorry about your losing your son.  Reading your post just made my heart ache.  We are all glad that you are back on Our Quilt Place.

Comment by Robin Leftwich on May 21, 2014 at 12:06pm

My heart goes out to you.  I have a "special" special needs son with cerebral palsy, which is not life threatening, but he brings so much joy and hope to our family and everyone he comes in contact with.  May you find some peace with your quilting, and know that your son gave you so much.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on May 10, 2014 at 8:52am
if any one has ever taken the time to think about the term "special needs child" then they need to find away to meet or become involved with one of these amazing children. please accept my condolences. wonderful post ...love the sound of such strong, positive determination to accomplish your goal of learning fmq.

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