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Without a Crystal Ball started as a blog for my family to share our experiences in raising a child with special needs. Over the past three years of writing, researching and sharing our content, we have expanded our mission to provide shareable and relevant content for families raising children with Special Needs. Our goal in providing content is to help families navigate the challenging world of parenting a child with special needs.

Our content will include stories about raising children, raw emotions from the most difficult times in parenting, funny anecdotes of raising a child with autism, and resources to help families. Our Blog is featured here on Without A Crystal Ball – but you can also find us as an exclusive Blogger For Jason’s Connection.

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Our Most Popular Blogs are:

The 5 Reasons it’s Difficult to be Employed and Raise a Child with Special Needs

Mothers of Children with Special Needs aren’t Always Strong

The Truth of Parenting a Child With Special Needs We Don’t Share with Friends

The Top 5 Reasons being a Friend with a Special Needs Mom is Awesome

A Portrait of a Family with a Disabled Son – A letter to the GOP Senate

Our Story:

I am Katie. For 15 years, I worked in sales and marketing for two large organizations. When my son was born in 2012, we were thrown a curve ball with his health. Our son was born with no pituitary gland. We found this out when he was 3 months old. He had a life-threatening Adrenal Crisis in January 2013, and he spent 7 days on life support. My husband and I watched him nearly die, and during that time we shared our story on Facebook. We created a Facebook page to keep families and friends up to date on his health. He was critically ill, and we almost lost him two times during that illness.

We came home to a new normal of raising a child with a serious life-threatening disease. Our life became about caring for him and understanding how to manage panhypopituitarism. Over the years, we continued to share his story. More and more people became interested in what we discussed, and our blog was born out of this unique situation. V is no longer a baby, and we are in the thick of childhood. Our life consists of play, laughing, trips to therapy, visits to the doctor, homeschool adventures, and spending our time with friends and family. V is a happy young boy. He loves learning about dinosaurs and vehicles, and he loves to spend time crashing and wrestling with his daddy.

I first started writing for The Mighty. I was able to establish a decent following through my contributions. I published over 30 articles for them. When I became comfortable with my writing style, I decided to branch off to start my blog. This page started off very rough, and if you look back in the archives, you will find a not very professional looking blog. I leave it as is – because this has been a journey for me. It’s fun for me to go back through the archives to watch how this blog has become what it is today.

Today, I am a fully self-hosted blog, which works with several business partners in sharing content. You will find content here that is written not only by me – but also other well-known bloggers in the Special Needs Community as well as professionals that support our community. I share a blend of my journey in parenting my son, my own struggles with mental health and ADHD, and also resources that help families navigate the care of their child with special needs. The biggest thing I have taken out of all of this – is that I have been able to connect with parents all over the world. I have been able to reach people that have felt like they didn’t have a voice. I have helped families have a voice, and share that voice by sharing this blog.

We have a Facebook Page that we update multiple times per day with our blog – but also content from other blogs we love to read. We have created a little community on this page, and have enjoyed getting to know our readers. If you would like to “Like” us on Facebook, please click HERE

Our hope is that you find this blog a place that helps give you an inside look at what chronic illness, autism, parenting, and mental health issues look for a family. We hope to unveil the curtain that keeps so many families in this situation hidden. No family deserves to be alone because they have a child with special needs. All families in this position want are understanding, compassion, and love. We hope we can help families have a voice, and we hope to educate those supporting families. The world of Special Needs Parenting is messy, rewarding, hard, exhausting, lonely, scary, funny and full of love. We hope you can find all of that here.

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  1. Hey Kate, I read your other blog and made a comment there. My daughter has Secondary AI as well. We have recently got her a service dog. He is a standard poodle and is there for multpile reasons. For one he is being trained to smell the change in blood sugar which is a direct symptom of benign low on cortisol, he is also big…so he is thee to stabilize her if she is feeling weak and unstable. He also provides a sense of security…which helps with stress. She has only had him a few months, and his medical training will be starting very soon. He has already alerted her a few times and then about 30 min later she felt like a truck hit her…so medical training for him is going to be a breeze. I know she would be happy to share how her service dog has helped her and what a dog could do for your son.

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