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“Hi, my names Marjorie and I am a D.S.W.” I say these words as I realize, health care workers get a bad wrap and aren’t recognized as educated people (in some situations).

I struggle sometimes, as I know there are people out there with degrees, diplomas and certificates within the health care sector. We give these folks an assumed intelligence assigned to these things, depending on the profession. I have a diploma, I didn’t always. I’ve had it for five years now, supported people for twenty-one years independently and have owned a small business for eight years.

There still sometimes is a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach, when my suggestion gets by past for that of someone with a degree and who is a professional. In my work, parents are also forced into a world of ‘if a doctor, therapist or other professional with a degree didn’t say it’ you’re wrong and not doing what is the best for your child. However, most parents are doing what is best and what they know.

I get to know the families I support pretty well and I know their children on a level not of a parent or professional, but almost like a best friend. Over the years I have been asked many questions and my opinion about different things. I know that it is valued and appreciated. I know that some things are above my pay grade. I know that we need professionals so people can turn to.

I know it’s only healthcare and I’m only taking care of someone, but I am a professional too. I strive to be the best that I can be for your child and family. When I give advice it is of many factors, knowing you, your child, what it’s like to live with someone who has a disability and much more.

I suggest you follow you’re gut, it’s usually right!

DSW