Chronic Illness · Friendships

How To Help When A Friend’s Child Has Been Hospitalized

My son has been in the hospital for three days now. I have cried more than I thought possible. I have prayed more than I thought possible. I have worried more than I thought possible. And I have found more encouragement and hope in the midst of this, than I ever thought possible. Right now,… Continue reading How To Help When A Friend’s Child Has Been Hospitalized

Autism · Chronic Illness · Doctors

Doctors, Therapists, and Moms of Children with Special Needs

I sat with her, desperate for information and scared of what she might say. It was two weeks before my appointment with the developmental pediatrician. Two weeks before I would hear the words ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ applied to my son. Two weeks before our lives changed. I had asked her to meet me for coffee.… Continue reading Doctors, Therapists, and Moms of Children with Special Needs

Autism · Chronic Illness · Sensory Processing Disorder

How My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

I was asked recently to describe the events leading up to my son’s autism spectrum diagnosis. It was not as easy as I thought it might be. Where does a momma begin? The early years of crying, of sensory overload and exhaustion? The preschool years, when it became clear that something was different? Not less,… Continue reading How My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Autism · Chronic Illness · Grace · Grief · Parenting

Why I No Longer Say ‘This Too Shall Pass’

It has been a year now, since my son received his chronic illness diagnosis. I remember all the research the doctor referenced. The higher risk of lymphoma, the decreased life expectancy, the recommendation for a wheel chair. It is all seared into my brain, plain as day. It has been a year now, since we… Continue reading Why I No Longer Say ‘This Too Shall Pass’

Autism · Chronic Illness · Church · Grace · Grief · Lupus · Marriage · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Stepfather

Looking Back on 2015

It is so hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s been a doozy for our family. 2015 brought us five hospital visits, and two additional diagnoses. It brought new pets and aquariums (I really, really don’t want to actually figure out how many. It’s best if I stay in denial). It brought progress… Continue reading Looking Back on 2015

Chronic Illness · Doctors · Lupus · Parenting · Survival Mode

Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

“Now, I don’t want you to worry. Not yet. These results can mean any number of things.” When the doctor starts out with “I don’t want you to worry,” the first thing you do is worry. It has been a year since we got back test results that revealed my son had something wrong –… Continue reading Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child