Name: Candess "Candi" Moran
Town: Port Royal
Children: R. Lee, 10, and L.B., 7
Occupation: Registered nurse
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Favorite mommy moment: Every moment seeing my kids smile
Most challenging moment: Years of therapy in public places with L.B., who has cerebral palsy, seizures, blindness and sensory processing disorder. Comments and stares from people were very disheartening. So many times I felt like giving up.
Easy, healthy meal idea: Must-go salads. Everything in the fridge that must go and that can go in a salad.
Beach must-haves: Snorkel mask, Frisbee and water
What would you tell a younger you? Remember what's really important. Try your best, praise your kids often and teach them to always be kind to everyone.
Best household tip: Everyone pitches in to help with chores.
What would you do if you were completely alone for an entire day? Not sure. That hasn't happened yet. I would probably take a nap.
Guilty pleasure: Playing Facebook games -- very cathartic for me. I also love the beach.
What would you like to say to mothers who have just learned their child has a serious medical condition? Allow time to go through the steps of grief, grieving of a "typical" child. Otherwise, it can become too easy to get hung up on the whys and hows. Involve your other kids. My typical child has been the most instrumental person in L.B.'s progress. He has learned so quickly from the doctors and therapists over the years, as well as from researching on the Internet, at the library, etc. People tend to disregard his accomplishments and efforts, and focus on the "special" child's progress. Don't allow that. Also, be kind to yourself. Read the poem "Welcome to Holland."
Advice for other moms: Never let someone define your children -- their limitations or their progress. Do not be too hard on yourself, and do not be afraid to ask for help. You are your children's best advocate. Always remember that. Try to be positive. Be around positive people. Look for good in every situation. Learn to laugh at yourself and laugh often. Dance like no one is watching. And sing for the world, even if God is your only fan.
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