Chronic Illness, Gastroparesis, Grief, Mental Health, Parenting, Raising my Chronically Ill Son, Rare Disease, Special needs parenting

When Grief Makes You Feel Like You Are Drowning

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just Keep swimming Those words run through my head every day as I care for my medically complex child. Over the past five years, I have learned to tread water, swim laps, and sometimes I stop swimming. There are some periods when I can’t physically move, and I feel… Read More When Grief Makes You Feel Like You Are Drowning

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Autism, feeding disorder, Grief, Guest Blogger, Parenting, Special needs parenting

How I Learned to Embrace My Role as a Special Needs Mom

By: Stephanie Reitenour Five years ago, I was a kindergarten teacher in Colorado enjoying mountain life with my husband, Nick. We were incredibly involved in our church, our community, and the schools. My life was busy and full, and I loved life. I had a job that I liked, and I felt confident that I… Read More How I Learned to Embrace My Role as a Special Needs Mom

Grief, Mom, Parenting, Special needs parenting

The Heartbreak and Loneliness When You are a Special Needs Mom

Earlier this month I wrote about the difficulty that special needs moms have with fitting into the Mom world. I have also shared with you some of the difficult truths about raising a child with special needs that we don’t always share with friends. What I have noticed in the responses, feedback, and comments shared… Read More The Heartbreak and Loneliness When You are a Special Needs Mom

ADHD, Adrenal Insufficiency, Anxiety, Blogging, Disability Advocacy, g-tube, Genetic Testing, Grief, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Rare Disease, Special needs parenting

3 Ways to Make Friends as a Mom with a Special Needs Child

By: Michael Monheit, Esq For many mothers of a special needs child, tending their own personal friendships hovers somewhere at the bottom of the “to do” list, falling underneath occupational therapy for their child, doctors visits, and the simple tasks of everyday living. At the same time, as a sometimes tired and overwhelmed mother, your… Read More 3 Ways to Make Friends as a Mom with a Special Needs Child

Apraxia, Blogging, Chronic Illness, Faith, Grief, Mom life, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Speech Therapy

Guest Blog: Denying Myself, Serving My Daughter

One of my favorite things to do is to read other blogs by mothers in the Special Needs Community. I connected with this mother while we were both contributing at the Mighty. She is a mother to Jaycee, a sweet young girl with Down Syndrome. Her blog covers speech therapy tips, Down Syndrome, Parenting, and… Read More Guest Blog: Denying Myself, Serving My Daughter

ADHD, anti-vaccination, Apraxia, Autism, Blogging, Grief, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

Why I Don’t Care What Causes Autism

When my son was diagnosed with Autism this past spring, I was open and honest with all of our friends and family about the diagnosis. We have been very open with everyone about the life we lead, and you can read this blog filled with content about our journey in raising him. It felt like… Read More Why I Don’t Care What Causes Autism

Autism, Blogging, Faith, Grief, Medically Fragile, Mental Health, Mom, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Personality, Special needs parenting

Why It’s Hard to Be Positive as a Special Needs Parent

Every child with special needs has strengths and weaknesses. As parents, we are bombarded with evaluations that itemize our children into small brackets of development. We see on these charts exactly where they match up compared to their peers. Our therapists help us understand where they are and how far they still have to go.… Read More Why It’s Hard to Be Positive as a Special Needs Parent

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

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