EA/TEF Awareness Month Has Arrived

by Jan 5, 2021Special Needs Parenting0 comments

EA/TEF Awareness Month has arrived, and parents of kids born with this condition are stronger and more resilient than they know.

EA/TEF Awareness Month has arrived. Before writing the introduction for January 2021, I looked at last year’s introduction. It was refreshingly lacking in anything COVID or pandemic-related. It was, however, replete with mentions of a medical condition that caught families totally off guard and changed the course of their lives. It happened to my husband and I in 1982 when our first child was born in 1982 with Type C, the most common kind of EA/TEF. 

Since the pandemic began in March of 2020, my thoughts have often returned to the difficult days and months after our son was born. What we experienced then was similar to what our country is experiencing now. I think the stories other EA/TEF parents share this month will give readers hope as the pandemic continues. Because these stories make clear some truths I learned as an EA/TEF parent and as I interact with other EA/TEF parents.

Life is fragile.
Life is precious.
Life is hard.
Life can be good even when it’s hard.
You can endure more hard stuff than you think you can.
You are more resourceful than you know.
You are more blessed than you realized.
You can be changed for the better once you know that life is fragile, precious, hard, and good even when it’s hard.

If you’re an EA/TEF who believes these truths, please share your story in the comment box below. If you’re in the thick of the hard stuff and can’t imagine anything good coming from what you’re experiencing, share your story, so we can cry with you and lift you up. Because EA/TEF Awareness Month has arrived, and that’s how EA/TEF parents roll.

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By Jolene

Jolene Philo is the author of the Different Dream series for parents of kids with special needs. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. She’s also the creator and host of the Different Dream websiteSharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and at Amazon.


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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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