This time of year is particularly difficult for me and I suspect it is for most of us here. May/June has so many reminders of opportunities lost and memories dashed. Whether it's senior year activities, awards ceremonies, prom, graduation, college searches and excitement that comes with all of that, weddings, showers, and on and on. We watch their friends and our neighbors and our extended family go through all the joys of this time of year and our hearts ache. I live in an area that has four distinct season, therefore as soon as spring blooms I am brought right back to that time four years ago when difficult child should have been making all those memories and all it does is make me sad all over again. This year her high school friends are graduating from college and looking forward to promising careers. Just reading our community newspaper makes me sad, trying to avoid all the feel good stories of young people doing all the things we dreamed our difficult children would be doing. I know things could be worse. I am grateful for the progress difficult child has made and yet my heart hurts for those things that will never be. So for all of our warrior moms here who are feeling the same sense of loss and sadness, I want you to know that I care and I'm thinking about you and all of us who have traveled this road. I hope that the sadness we feel today will be replaced in the near future with a sense of peace and hope for the future.