Being a parent can and often is challenging enough in my experiences and when becoming and being a parent of a child with extra needs it becomes a completely different beast.

Especially if those extra needs are related to anything medical and could mean the difference between life and death and everything in between. And it becomes the question:

How will you ever let them go to do their own thing? To be their own person?

When my son was diagnosed with a urea cycle disorder which then followed with several liver transplants, I couldn’t wrap my head around sending him to a camp of any kind.

I want to share with you about a local non-profit called Camp Holiday Trails and even though my son has not attended this particular camp I love and appreciate their mission.

Camp Holiday Trails (CHT) started in the mid-’60s with a vision from three doctors and through the collaboration of community support and land donation, it became a legal entity in ’73. Its mission is simple:

“To create a community that empowers children and teens with medical needs to thrive” Camp Holiday Trails

From life and work experiences, I know that children with medical needs often have daily challenges and CHT helps kids find new ways to manage while learning how to take safe risks.

As a mother of an extra needs kid and former camp counselor, I appreciate the training they provide for their employers. But more importantly, the on-site medical center with staff available and ready offers a little more security to parents wanting their kids off to a summer experience.

Sending your kids to camp can be nerve-wracking for any parent adds in some extra needs and it takes on a different life.

Interested in supporting Camp Holiday Trails? You can do so in the following ways:

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Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

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Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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