My Autistic Nephew Saved a Man’s Life

By Terri B Elliot has autism, is seven years old, and is very strong and curious. He has been known to find his way into unlocked back doors and explore the homes of unsuspecting neighbors. He is quite the escape artist and doesn’t have a sense of danger. Molly, my sister, prays every day for God to protect her son and help her keep him alive. The up-high lock on the basement sliding glass door that kept Elliot inside, broke and was waiting a replacement. Usually it was almost impossible f...
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Why Did God Send Me this Special Child?

By Sharlee B When our son Emmett was born with a rare brain condition called Lissencephaly, we had no idea what our future would look like. I had never considered the possibility that I might have a child with disabilities. I didn’t know what that meant. I was afraid. My husband reassured me it would be all right and that we would just take it one day at a time. We held each other and cried and we prayed. We prayed for peace and comfort, and over time, we began to feel almost a sense of excit...
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Dealing with a Physical Handicap

By Robert G For everyone, the day of their birth is the first day of many. For me it was also almost my last. Choked by my own umbilical cord, my brain was deprived of oxygen, but thanks to brilliant doctors and the Lord’s help, I was born. The circumstances of my birth, however, had far-reaching consequences. From that day, my parents noticed something was not quite right. I was not developing at the same rate as other children. So they took me to doctors, some of the best in the world. S...
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Can I Overcome My Social Fears?

By Haley G I have spent most of my life as “the quiet one.” I probably said about 100 total words in school before the sixth grade. Talking to people terrified me. People would ask me questions and I would inaudibly mumble a response, hoping they might not hear me and also maybe forget I existed. I had things to say; I just couldn't seem to make myself express them. I thought that almost every person disliked me, all awkwardness was my fault, and people generally avoided me because of how bor...
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How Does God Help Us in Our Trials?

By David F. My wife Trisha and I were thrilled when we learned that she was pregnant with our first child. We soon found out that we were having a girl and decided we would name her Kaitlyn. I was in my third year of law school and my wife was working full-time as a genetic counselor. Trisha’s due date was December 31, 2007. We had always known that we wanted to be parents and were excited that we soon would be. In early November of 2007, however, it was becoming apparent that Trisha was e...
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What Can Those with Special Needs Teach Us?

By Tyler C. My younger sister means the world to me. She has cerebral palsy. She was born with this disease and has grown up with it. It gives her struggles on a daily basis. There is no cure. She has had so many difficulties in this life, yet she shows so much courage through it all and has overcome many challenges that an average person would not have been able to do. She is my hero. When we were first growing up I actually didn’t get along with my sister very well. It didn’t register wi...
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