Raising a Special Child

Joan Samia, 30, had to quit her job as an actor when her bundle of joy, Joanna Nduta….

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Joan Samia, 30, had to quit her job as an actor when her bundle of joy, Joanna Nduta, was born with Cerebral J was born with Cerebral Palsy. “I gave birth to Joanna six years ago and her diagnosis prompted me to change my life.

I quit acting to become a hotelier as I need for structured working hours and pay,” she says of the many sacrifices she has had to make. In many circumstances, parents are caught off-guard as pre-natal diagnosis can only be determined by expensive tests.

Adjust expectations With such children, major sacrifices and changes must be made to accommodate the new arrival. “Parents have to accept their children as delivered. Holding onto dreams you had of your unborn child may harmful lest you make them feel unwanted,” Joan advises on coping with the situation. Her journey didn’t get easier after weaning Joanna, as finding a capable…

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