Rounding out The Extra Life’s First Year: a Big Thank You and a Glance Ahead

Let me lead with a thank you. Thank you to all of you who have read, commented, shared posts, and shared thoughts with me on what you’ve found here in the last year. This blog is a years-long dream of mine realized, but you (yes, you!) are the reason I continue. I’m proud to have garnered a small following and look forward to growing the blog and community in new ways. I hope I continue to give you reasons to come back and, most importantly, make your life a little easier.

This time last year I was excitedly working for a Jan. 2020 blog launch. I had so much to say – a whole year of topics planned. But once things got tough in March, life often left me speechless. The deeper we got in the mire, the more I rejected planned topics as suddenly irrelevant or minimally poorly timed. There wasn’t time for most people to read books and supplement therapies. Many of us were just making it through the day facing challenges we hadn’t imagined when the year started. I see you. I’m sorry. I wish I could have helped more.

As we round out the year, I hope you are continuing to find strength and strategies for coping, persevering, and maybe even thriving in your circumstances. I also wish for you a gradual but palpable shift from despair to hope. Better times are coming; I just know it.

My focus for December is to help you: the parent, the caregiver, the supporter. You have come here to learn how to help your loved one with DS. Now is the time to focus on you. I hope you find value in the self-care posts I have planned. With the holiday season upon us, I’m also working to assemble several gift lists. Can you say therapeutic toys that help to do the work for you? Yes, please!

As we anxiously anticipate a better, easier, happier year (fingers crossed), I also look forward to building this community while sharing posts on topics including speech and communication, potty training, IEPs, inclusion, facilitating independence, sensory issues, and more. Stay tuned, friends. I have lots more to share.

Please consider reaching out to let me know how I can improve your experience. Have an idea for a post? Drop your suggestions in the comments or email me at heather.theextralife@gmail.com. Know someone who would like to learn more about The Extra Life? Share one of your favorite posts with them, or direct them to the Facebook page. And don’t forget to subscribe by email in the sidebar, so you don’t miss a thing.

Looking forward to better times,

Heather

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