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Dena, Burbank, CAStars

Mother of Alyson, age 23

alisonWhat can I possibly say about the woman who helped me find my voice? Thank you, but it’s so much more than that. Diagnosed in the mid-nineties, there was only a single website about Apraxia ( Yet, despite the limited information, my mother persisted.

She persisted in the IEP meetings, the tests, the speech therapies to find any resource that would help me find my voice. She persisted in making sure every academic decision would only bring the most success. She persisted in the awkward moments when a fellow family member would insist there is nothing wrong with me, that I’d speak when I had something to say.

She could have simply assumed I would outgrow it. But she didn’t. She persisted in ensuring that I had the tools and support to not only overcome Apraxia, but become a successful woman. She persisted in matching my commitment to whatever I put my mind to. She gave me so much more than just finding my voice; she’s my forever best friend, she was the first example of what a loving family can achieve, and she taught me the value of persistence and perseverance.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my best friend, my support, and my advocate.



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