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1/21/20 2:38 P

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Thank you!

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1/21/20 1:17 P

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Yes, he has. Or I should say, the organization he started has. Here's a link to the "Able to Serve" website history page. It tells about the recognition/awards it has received.

abletoserve.org/about-us/

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1/21/20 12:20 P

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That is so amazing! What that man started has blessed not only the individuals, but also their families. I hope he has been recognized in some way!

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1/21/20 9:25 A

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Nancy Anne, I admire your attitude of gratitude and feeling blessed.
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I try very hard to look at life's challenges and remind myself that I'm blessed and that it could be much worse, but will admit sometimes it's a struggle for me (chronic depression & anxiety). An attitude of gratitude really does go a long way toward a healthy happy life!!!
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Our church's Special Ministries Class started very small with just our Pastor's daughter and one or two other people who had mental handicaps. Once word got out that there was a safe welcoming place for folks to come and attend Sunday School and the Worship Service, it grew to be a very large class. They not only attend church, but also have special dances and other events for each holiday. And every year, one Sunday Service is dedicated specifically to the Special Ministries Class - they do special music (hand bells, etc). Also, the Pastor's son started a non-profit group (Able to Serve) ministering to those with special needs which helps folks with mental handicaps learn new skills and have fun together. A lot of good things have grown from that little small class - sometimes it amazes me.

I wish your son all the best. He's fortunate to have a mother like you with your uplifting attitude!
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"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."

"Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it." ~unknown

"Let me not miss all that I am by punishing myself for what I am not." - unknown

"The rest of your life is being shaped right now by the dreams you have, the choices you make, & the person you decide to be."~unknown

"Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort." - John Dowd, Jr.


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Yes, it turned from joy to a sort of mourning very quickly. He is now 32 and I realize that it could have been SO MUCH worse! He also has something called PDDNOS (Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), which means he has some of the characteristics of Asperger's and autism without enough to classify him as either. So he's fairly nonverbal and can have ticks. But overall, we are blessed.

I WISH our church had a ministry for people with mental handicaps. It's really not big enough. The only church I know of that does locally is not one that ministers to my husband and I. He's only with us every other weekend, so it could be worse!

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1/19/20 7:29 P

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Renia, that doesn't sound awful at all. Pets are family!
I'm so glad your daughter was okay - I have a friend who had many failed pregnancies and I know how terribly hard it was for her.
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Nancy Anne, it must have been incredibly difficult to be told that and realize that many challenges lay ahead. We have a Special Ministries Sunday School Class in our church and a number of people with Down's Syndrome attend. I don't know if this is true for everyone with Down's, but they all seem to have hearts of gold.
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We just never know. I only had my daughter after being assured by a genetic specialist at Duke University Medical Center that if I had a child, the chances he or she would NOT inherit my severe OCD would be 98%. But she not only developed severe OCD, but major depression and other anxiety disorders, as well. She also has some physical problems, Ollier's Disease being one of them.

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When my first baby was born. Not long after that he was placed in the NICU and in need of much, and 5 days later the doctor told us he had Down's syndrome, so it became a lot of concern and worry after that, but initially I was blissful.

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This is going to sound awful, but it was the day we met our Great Dane, who took to us straight away. The birth of my daughter was one of relief that she was ok, as she was my first baby after three other failed pregnancies, my wedding day was my fourth and yes, the happiest one!

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1/19/20 11:03 A

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What is one of your happiest memories?



I know my answer should be something like my wedding day or the birth of my daughter, but the truth is that I was very nervous on those occasions. One of my happiest memories is when I was about 12 years ago, standing on a fishing pier at night, watching the ocean waves roll into the shore. I felt so happy, peaceful and content that night... it felt like anything was possible.



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"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."

"Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it." ~unknown

"Let me not miss all that I am by punishing myself for what I am not." - unknown

"The rest of your life is being shaped right now by the dreams you have, the choices you make, & the person you decide to be."~unknown

"Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort." - John Dowd, Jr.


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