Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker and grief recovery coach. She’s also the mother of two girls with special needs. Felicity is four and has Sensory Processing Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Separation Anxiety Disorder. Sarah is two and has Apert Syndrome – a slight mutation of the seventh chromosome. Jeannie talks about her journey through grief and special needs parenting and finding purpose in the uncertainty to eventually help others who are in a dark place.
Jeannie had normal pregnancy and ultrasounds with Sarah and was shocked when she was born, that it looked like something was visibly wrong with her. Jeannie says the grief slammed her in the face, and she felt completely lost at sea. Over time and with some help, she was able to process her grief and come to understand what chronic grief looks and feels like and how you can have a happy, productive life despite it. She says she felt prepared for Sarah because some of her older daughter Felicity’s needs got her used to life with specialists.
Part of Jeannie’s journey through grief included finding purpose in her children’s challenges. She has used her own experiences to help others navigate their experiences with grief and has written a book, From Grief To Grace, which is scheduled for publication in early 2016. Her book helps others recognize, accept and affirm their grief. It also helps them maintain peace and balance through concrete steps.
Tune in to find out what life is like for Jeannie and her girls and to understand more about what grief might look like in special needs parenting.