ADHD, Adrenal Insufficiency, Anxiety, Autism, Blogging, Ehlers Danlo's Syndrome, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rare Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder

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

I woke up this morning, and I felt tired. It wasn’t the tired where I couldn’t open my eyes or move my body, but this was an emotional exhaustion. My brain felt like it was zipping and zapping with no place to go and all the neurons were firing in the wrong places.  The exhaustion… Read More The Truth of Parenting a Child With Special Needs We Don’t Share with Friends

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Anxiety, Autism, Blogging, Faith, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Special needs parenting, Weight Loss

How Grieving Causes You to Make Poor Choices

Before my pregnancy, I was in the best shape of my life. I was working with a personal trainer three times a week, and we had worked together to develop a clean and healthy diet. My husband and I were both at healthy weights for our height, and we both had an incredible amount of… Read More How Grieving Causes You to Make Poor Choices

Autism, Back to School, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Public School, Rare Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder

When There is No Place for Your Child with Special Needs in the Public Schools

Back to school is an exciting time for kids as they pick out school supplies, and get to shop for new clothes. Parents are excited to get their children back into a more structured environment, and the endless merry go round of trying to keep their child from boredom over the summer. Pictures start to… Read More When There is No Place for Your Child with Special Needs in the Public Schools

Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Rare Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

Mothers of Children with Special Needs aren’t Always Strong

Mothers of children with special needs are praised for their strength, perseverance, and determination in raising their children. While it’s great being reminded that you are a good parent, there is something inherently uncomfortable when you are told you are strong for raising your child that has special needs. When people share these sentiments, I… Read More Mothers of Children with Special Needs aren’t Always Strong

Adrenal Insufficiency, Genetic Testing, Medically Fragile, Mom, Mom life, NIH, Rare Disease

A Desperate Plea to Help a Family Find Answers for a Medical Mystery

Three years ago I had the pleasure to meet a mom that was in my local community. Her daughter was just a few years older than my son, and our children shared a lot of very similar diagnosis. Our friendship over the years has blossomed despite the fact that we haven’t seen each other since… Read More A Desperate Plea to Help a Family Find Answers for a Medical Mystery

Adrenal Insufficiency, Apraxia, Autism, Blogging, Breastfeeding, Ehlers Danlo's Syndrome, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Social, Special needs parenting

A Letter to All my Online Friends Fighting To Save their Medically Fragile Children

Hi Friends, The past few years, I have had the pleasure or maybe displeasure (I mean who wants a child that is chronically ill), to meet so many of you on Facebook support groups. We have cried together, laughed together, and we have been to the darkest places together. No one else knows better the path… Read More A Letter to All my Online Friends Fighting To Save their Medically Fragile Children

Adrenal Insufficiency, Anxiety, Blogging, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Special needs parenting, Survivor

The Fear, Anxiety, and Panic of Parenting a Medically Complex Child

Chug-a-chug-a-chug-a-chug-a-chug-a-chug. I can hear the click of the wheels on the steel tracks, and the horn is starting to get louder and louder. The wind is picking up in my hair, and I can feel the speed I hold on for dear life to the seat on my side. Suddenly, there is a large crash,… Read More The Fear, Anxiety, and Panic of Parenting a Medically Complex Child

Blogging, Breastfeeding, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Social, Special needs parenting

A Letter to all the Mom’s that have felt Shamed

First, nothing you ate or didn’t eat or drank or didn’t drink (unless it was copious amounts of drugs or alcohol) likely did any harm to your child. Stop blaming yourself or feeling guilty that you could have possibly done anything to harm them. … Read More A Letter to all the Mom’s that have felt Shamed

Adrenal Insufficiency, anti-vaccination, Blogging, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Special needs parenting, Vaccination

How Not Vaccinating Your Child Can Effect Medically Fragile Children

Let’s talk about vaccines.  I haven’t written about vaccines ever because of all the controversy that surrounds this topic. Over the years, I have gotten into some heated debates with parents that chose not to vaccinate. I understand that everyone has a choice to vaccinate or not, and until there is a law that mandates… Read More How Not Vaccinating Your Child Can Effect Medically Fragile Children

Anxiety, Autism, Blogging, Faith, Grief, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

5 Ways to Manage the Grief of Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Grieving is an inevitable part of parenting. All of our children were born their OWN person. Before their birth, all parents have dreams of what they see in their future with their kids. Most of us imagine the child growing up, having common experiences in adolescence, learning to drive, attending their prom, and going off… Read More 5 Ways to Manage the Grief of Parenting a Child with Special Needs