Been Labelled with Something?
One of my favourite sayings at the moment is, “a diagnosis does not determine your future”.
I follow blogs, Facebook and online groups and I read about people struggling to accept a new diagnosis and what future could look like. It can be extremely overwhelming for all parties to come to terms with a child’s diagnosis and like so many families, we have experienced the challenges.
When a parent has asked me for a referral or recommendation to a paediatrician for a diagnosis for their child, I have gently asked them, “What will having a diagnosis mean for you and your family?” For many families a diagnosis comes as a relief. Parents have described feeling like they can move forward with more of an idea of what they can do to help their child, while others have stated they need a diagnosis for school support or other funding purposes. Other families have said they really weren’t sure what a diagnosis would mean for them and their family. I have been so fortunate to work with a wonderful paediatrician who provides ongoing support to the family once a diagnosis is made.
Not many people know that I was diagnosed in Grade 2 of primary school with dyslexia, and I didn’t find out until university when I found the diagnostic report in a box of childhood keepsakes. When I found out, there was a sense of “ohhhh, that explains it…. ”
I have been enjoying some of the wonderful articles showing the outstanding achievements of individuals who have been achieving their goals in life, and here are a few for your enjoyment. Remember: don’t allow that label to change your expectations for this child’s future!