The Constant Vigilance Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

"It feels like our lives are totally out of control. And there is nothing I can do about it," my husband replied. I looked at my son's doctor, wondering what she might say. She looked down at her paper and wrote something. I glanced at my husband, and gave him a weak smile. "He's not used to this," I thought. "I'm usually the one...Read More

My Child Has A Mental Illness

Lately, it seems like my youngest son is slipping away from us, one mood episode at a time. There are moments, hours, and even days when things are good. Just last week, he was able to travel for Thanksgiving, see our family, and have so much fun with his cousin. It was wonderful. It was a breath of fresh air. And it was short-lived....Read More

When Being Thankful Feels Impossible

It is officially the week we collectively give thanks. It's good. It's right. It's tradition. And sometimes...it feels completely impossible.   (This post originally appeared here on Not The Former Things in November of 2014. It feels like much has changed, and yet, as I read own words below, I am struck by how much is still so much the same.)   At the beginning...Read More

Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

The last six months have been a haze of doctors' offices, medications, meltdowns and unexplained illnesses for my youngest son. He has received several different, significant diagnoses in this time frame. He has been treated according to the standard protocol for each of these diagnoses. Nothing has worked. As a result, after a very serious reaction to medication and a week-long hospital stay, every...Read More