I wanted to pass along this article 10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Parenting a Child with Special Needs 
I think that #10 says it all:
Parenting a child with special needs will teach you about patience. Humility. Determination. Resilience. Acceptance. You will love your precious, beautiful child more fiercely than you ever thought possible.
Can you relate to her list? Is there anything you would like to add to it?