Parents get a lot of advice following the diagnosis of their child’s disability.

But everyone draws comfort and strength from different sources to get them through hard times and bad news.

So maybe the only advice that’s guaranteed to work would be advice from your future self, the one person who actually knows what you are going through.

So we asked some of our super-mums…

“If you could send a text back-in-time to 5 minutes before you got your child’s diagnosis, what would it say?”

  • “The reality will be so much better than how terrifying the words “cerebral palsy” sound.”
    Ellen Seidman, Max’s mum (
  • “I’d send a link to my blog. I’d want to see a ‘Natty’. I’d say it will not be how you think it will, this is the reality.”
    Hayley Goleniowska, Natty’s Mum (  
  • “No matter what happens, it will all be ok.”
    Dawn Hamilton, Emerson’s mum (
  • "You are about to get some life crushing news.  I want you to know that you're going to be okay, and that your baby is going to be okay.  The road is going to be hard and long, filled with pain and joy, but you are stronger than you could ever imagine and this little boy is going to fill others with such inspiration and hope during his lifetime.  Most importantly don't believe the predictions about his future or that he will have no quality of life.  The both of you will move mountains together.  I send you the biggest hug, you are loved."
    Stacy Warden, Noah’s mum (
  • “This is not the end of the world. You can do this and your kids can too.”
    Hayley Young, Henry’s mum
  • “It's just a diagnosis. He will be ok. He will smile. And bring you so much happiness and love. He will have a good life. And so will you. Acceptance is key. You'll get there. One day at a time.”
    Kara Melissa Sharp, Seb’s mum (

And now it’s your turn…what text message would you send back in time to 5 minutes before diagnosis?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard on raising a child with a disability?

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