Watch as Nida, the Director of Research and Service Navigation at SMILE Canada - Support Services, walks us through her journey. Diagnosed with a genetic condition, NF2, in her final year of university, Nida discusses the realities and challenges of her diagnosis. Nida reveals the support systems that guided and supported her, from faith to family and friends. She explains how her experiences shaped her role in supporting families of children and youth with disabilities. Through her interactions with SMILE families, Nida highlights the importance of perseverance and how exhausting the constant choice to be resilient can be for SMILE families, Nida teaches all of us the importance of community support and why it truly does ‘take a village’.