And I am often referred to as an East Coast Mama Grizzly...I'm proud of it, I gladly accept the title.
I was shy, non confrontational, I was the push over, and a people pleaser. I didn't know any other way to be. I didn't want to argue or fight or have any conflict with anyone and most times my kindness was taken advantage of and it became a weakness.
Let me tell you, when you become a Mother your life changes. You turn into that Mama Grizzly protecting her cub, it waits inside you and when your cubs are born, you too are reborn.
My daughter Zoey had an evaluation last June when she was 19 months old...we were strongly urged to get a diagnosis because at 19 months, Zoey had the communication skills of a 6-8 month old.
I went into action and I called and called until finally someone was willing to give me an appointment so that we could get the diagnosis that we were so strongly urged to get.
I was met with extreme opposition and just plain old rudeness. I was told that there would be a year wait, now I knew that Early Intervention was vital and that if we waited a year, Zoey would be 3 and she would miss out on so much...I couldn't wait, I wouldn't wait.