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Michele Gianetti, Author "I Believe in You"

Hi, my name is Michele Gianetti and I am happy to be the blog writer for SIERF. 

I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself.  I am currently 50 years old and I have three amazing children.  Our middle child has special needs.

Prior to having children, I graduated from YSU with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  I worked mostly in community health situations at the health department and then as a school nurse for five years.

I think I loved nursing because it involved understanding how the body works but also how many different ways you can care for someone. 

My middle child was born in 1997.  It was at this point that our world changed dramatically and I began my journey with a special needs child.  I learned so much in my early years with Elizabeth, especially how to become an advocate for her.  Through the years she has made wonderful, amazing gains in her life.  She has also given us so many gifts along the way.

I wanted to share her story…our story to help others. So I began writing my book.  In the book I tell about some heartfelt stories, share the therapies we have tried, our successes and our failures.  All to let others know they are not alone on this journey.

I also wanted to let parents and caregivers know that you can make a difference in your child’s life.

Elizabeth told me one day, probably a year before I started writing my book,  that people don’t understand me, mom.  I started thinking that this book would be my tribute to her.  To let the world know all she can do and all she has accomplished.  And through the book, I told her, Now Elizabeth, everyone will understand you.

Our journey has had many twists and turns, sometimes taking us where we never thought we would go.

I am excited to share my blogs with you, who are on your own special journeys.  Through the blog I hope we can share thoughts and ideas.  Send some virtual hugs to each other and offer supportive words to someone who needs them.

Our journeys may be different, but our goals are the same.

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