The Hope Anew Disability Podcast is the latest offering from guest blogger Jonathan McGuire and his wife Sarah. In this post, he explains who the podcast is for and what it offers. The McGuires hosted Different Dream’s Jolene Philo as their guest on April 1, and you can listen to that episode by clicking here.
Where are you at in this journey in disability and special needs? Are you the parent who is still searching for answers and trying to wrap your mind around this new diagnosis that has been given to your child? Maybe you’re overwhelmed with the day to day, the doctor appointments, the emotions that you are struggling with and the pain that you see your child in. The Hope Anew Disability Podcast is for you.
Maybe you are the parent whose child is aging out of the system and you don’t know what lies ahead. Your friend’s children are going off to college and launching into their new lives, while you are trying to figure out what is next or who will take care of your child after you are gone. The Hope Anew Disability Podcast is for you.
Or are you the grandparent? You want to be able to come alongside your children more and support them but you don’t know how. Your grandchild eats a special diet, relies on special medical equipment that you don’t understand or maybe it is difficult for you to care for them because of challenging behaviors over which they have no control. You see that your children need a break, but you don’t know what to do. The Hope Anew Disability Podcast is for you.
Sarah and I began our journey in disability 12 years ago with the birth of our youngest son. He was allergic to all food except sweet potato and on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Our journey likely has looked different than yours, but we have probably wrestled through many similar struggles. This journey can be isolating. It can be overwhelming, and you can feel like you are completely alone. I used to tell people that I could have lived in the jungle in Papua New Guinea or in the middle of Fort Worth and felt just as isolated.
To break that isolation, we would like to invite you into our home. The first Monday of every month we sit down with families and professionals who have been on this journey, hear their stories, and learn from their experience. During our conversations on the Hope Anew Podcast, you will hear how they find purpose in the pain and seen beauty in the journey. During this time you will be encouraged. You will feel like there are others who get it, and you won’t feel quite so alone. You will experience hope, learn to build a different dream, and be better equipped for the journey ahead of you.
You can join these monthly chats by searching iTunes for the Hope Anew Disability Podcast or by going to the Hope Anew website. We would love to hear from you about a specific topic you would like us to discuss in our monthly conversations and to hear your suggestions about who to interview.
Jonathan McGuire is married to Sarah and they have 2 wonderful boys. They are located in Northeast Indiana. Jonathan and Sarah are the founders of Hope Anew, a nonprofit that comes alongside the parents of children with additional needs on spiritual and emotional level. You can follow Hope Anew on their Facebook page.
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