I think I’ve got two parents who care about me and I think they’re lucky I have a dad and a mom,” says Mya.
Mya’s mother, Heather, and father, Dan, are parents of seven children and have shared their stories of raising Mya and the kids, in hopes of encouraging other parents to talk about the same challenges they face.
Heather, who works as a nurse, says Myra has told her the stories to encourage her to share them. “
I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do but I want people to know that my dad is a loving dad, he loves his kids, he knows that I’m a good mother, and I want to encourage other parents,” she says.
Heather, who works as a nurse, says Myra has told her the stories to encourage her to share them.
“The last thing I want is for them to have to deal with the stigma of not having a mom or dad, because I think it’s really important to talk to each other,” she said.
Myra’s parents have shared stories about their struggles to raise Mya, and how they have been through it together.
Myas dad says he wants to encourage others to share their stories too.
“My parents are just two people that are working hard to raise two children that are so happy and so blessed and they’re very open about it,” he says.
“There’s nothing shameful about sharing that.
There’s nothing wrong with that, and if you want to do something about it, then share it with your friends, your family, and your community.”
Heather says she and Dan would never have to put Mya through this if they had had a father like Mya does.
“It’s not something we ever expected to have happen,” she laughs.
“We just wanted to raise our children with the same love and support that we had.”
Mya has also been the subject of a Facebook page, #WeAreMya, that has gathered more than 70,000 likes.
The page has also received some positive comments, but Mya says they are not about her parents and they are about her.
“They’re not about the story or the words, they’re just about the people that love you, love you and want you to be happy,” she explains.
“That’s what it’s about, is that you don’t need to have someone to love you.
You don’t have to have parents to love, love and want.
You just need to love yourself and you just need love and love from yourself and from the world around you.”