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Making New Friends

"Family isn't always about blood, sometimes it's about who is there to hold your hand and support you when you need them." ~ Unknown

As most of you know the GFPD has become a second family to us since Ethan's diagnosis. The GFPD family certainly isn't the type of family that most people would ever really "want" to be a part of, and while we always warmly welcome in new families impacted by this diagnosis I think I'm not overstepping when I say that we all wish we would have met under different circumstances. Nevertheless, I am always excited when I get the chance to meet and/or spend time with another family who "gets it."

Two weeks ago I got to meet a family who is new to the GFPD, who happens to live less than hour from us! The mom and I met for lunch and I got to meet her son, who reminds me so much of Ethan when he was younger. We talked about the "good, the bad, and the ugly" and hit it off right away. Her sweet little guy even took a nap in my arms. We are looking forward to getting together with their family for dinner soon and having our husbands and all the kids meet. They have a healthy typically developing daughter as well as their son who was recently diagnosed with PBD-ZSD. 

On Sunday afternoon on our way back from OK, we stopped in MO and meet another GFPD family! We've been connected via the GFPD parent group with this family for a while, but it was the first time that we had met in person. Our visit was pretty short, since we still had a very long drive ahead of us, but it was still so nice to meet them and look forward to seeing them again this summer at the GFPD conference. 


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