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… Read More A Personal Account of How an Unvaccinated Child Altered the Course of my Son's Life
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
Recently at church, we discussed the topic of pride. The feeling we all have of being proud of ourselves, our accomplishments, and of what we have. I had to stop and think for a moment about how pride was effecting me. I realized that it isn’t necessarily my own pride, but my own insecurity and… Read More The Honest Dark Feelings about Parenting a Child with Special Needs
It was a year ago that our lives were turned upside down. We had just found out about our son’s serious heart condition. The Cardiologist was so concerned about his heart that he believed surgery was within weeks. We waited with bated breath to find out what the surgeons wanted to do about his bad… Read More A year Later: How Making My Son with Special Needs my Priority Brought me Happiness and Fulfillment
When I was a child, my goals were to be in the FBI, a lawyer, a famous writer, or a top executive of an organization. Never one time in my life did I tell anyone that I just wanted to be a mom or a wife. It just was not a part of my dreams… Read More The 5 Reasons it's Difficult to be Employed and Raise a Child with Special Needs
We live in a gray area of unknown prognosis. It’s a troubling place to live for my husband and me. When you don’t know what is going to happen to your child’s health, it’s hard to make plans for the future. It is hard to know what is going to happen at any… Read More When Your Child's Prognosis is Unknown
It’s the world of ever present change. Nothing ever seems to stay the same in any aspect of life anymore. We live in a fast paced world with social media dictating our thoughts and emotions. Most of us want more and more, and can’t stop ourselves from comparing ourselves to whatever is going on around… Read More The Difficulty of Managing Change as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs
Dear Doctor, I am not sure if you remember me. I met you in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit while my child was on life support. You weren’t my child’s primary care taker that week, you were just the doctor that happened to be on the floor the night we learned our diagnosis. I remember… Read More To The Doctor that said "Your Child will Never be Einstein"
Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to help a friend expand her business. She is a gentle and passionate woman, that wants to remind women that they deserve to take care of themselves. She has an amazing subscription box program where you can send a box to a friend or woman you know that deserves… Read More When I was asked, "How do you handle the Stress"
Dear Von, Three years ago today, I woke up to the hum of machines. There were several of them lined up behind you all with different purposes in saving your life. You were so incredibly sick. The day before you stopped breathing at home, and we had to rush you to the hospital. It was… Read More A letter to my son on the Anniversary of his near death