Derya shut the door to her bedroom and slid to the floor, hot tears cascading down her tired face. Waves of anguish crashed through her mind.
“I can’t go on,” she cried softly to herself. “God, help me.”
Few of us understand the weight of caring for a disabled child. For Derya, it’s more exhausting and isolating than she ever imagined. She works long hours to provide basic food and necessities, because her husband left her soon after he realized their daughter, Aylin, had cerebral palsy and would never have a normal life.
Derya’s life is lonely. Her own mother lives with her to help care for Aylin, but they have few visitors and no friends. No one really understands the shame they feel as they are shunned by society. No one comprehends the emotional and physical exhaustion of providing round-the-clock care. Derya loves her daughter deeply. Still, the constant struggle makes it’s all too easy to despair.
Kardelen’s Streams of Mercy Center is a lifeline to mothers like Derya. Welcomed with open arms, families with disabilities are no longer isolated and rejected, but embraced with heartfelt community and acceptance. They join with families like their own for times of fun so they can build friendships, learn together and celebrate their children in a supportive environment.