I'll start off with saying that I am not a religious person. I do not go to mass, I do not pray. I have the utmost respect for those who follow an organized religion. I have the deepest respect for those who don't try to force their beliefs upon me.
I'll also start off with saying that I have a vision of life, of its meaning, of the greater good, of the universe. That is my "faith" if you can call it that.
Anyway, I recently read somewhere, but forgot where, someone mentioning how could people raising children with a disease go about their lives without faith, without religion.
I was shocked to be honest. Does one need faith or religion to rear children with special needs? I don't think so. I think we need to be caring, to have patience, to have fortitude, perserverance, endurance, selflessness (and selfishness sometimes), along with many other qualities. But faith?
After my initial shock was over, I pondered...do I really need faith, especially with a child with Type 1 diabetes?
I guess it depends on my own definition of faith. For me faith is believing. And I believe.
I believe life can be good.
I believe I can and will do my best.
I believe that my son is like any other child.
I believe that things happen for a reason.
I have faith
My own way.