Tag - Heather Hamilton

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Mother of the Year
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Kindreds

Mother of the Year

When Heather lost her three year old son Zack, she didn’t stop being a mom. Though her heart was broken, Zack’s brothers needed her more than ever. So she embraced them and loved them as mothers do while she made a plan to keep a promise; the one she made to Zack and to herself as they said goodbye. She vowed to keep his memory alive and to have Elmo, Zack’s comfort and joy, speak his name. And that’s just what she did. Heather tirelessly raised money to create a room (two rooms in fact!) in Zack’s name at York Central Hospital. She also persevered until Kevin Clash (the puppeteer who IS Elmo) knew how much Zackie loved him. Kevin knows and he was touched. And Elmo did speak Zack’s name. Heather is healing with her family and she continues to tell Zack’s story, not only to keep his memory alive, but to help other families deal with the pain of losing a child.” Heather and I became friends online. We bonded over our special needs kids and soon discovered we had many other things in common. When my daughter was in hospital shortly after Zack died, Heather kept tabs on[…]

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Kindreds

Ever meet someone and feel instantly connected? It’s empowering and liberating to uncover aspects of your life you never knew you shared so intimately with another person. I met Heather on Twitter. I forget how we found each other exactly, but somehow we made a connection and soon discovered we have have a lot in common. Heather is a SuperMommy. When I read her blog, I often hear my own voice entwined with hers. As parents, we all travel a similar road, but when the road veers off from the beaten path, it’s important to know there are others walking along with us; some steps ahead who can guide us and some following our footsteps, looking to us for direction.  Click to read Heather’s Article Though Heather and I are walking side by side, I gratefully look to her in many ways for direction. Her article in  Bloom Magazine talks about how nurturing a marriage through the chaos of parenting…under “normal” circumstances can be difficult, but throw in a child with special needs and it becomes more challenging than anyone ever expected. Heather shares her story and offers suggestions for staying connected with your partner when life is situated on[…]

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