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

Autism · Doctors

Doctors And Older Children with Autism

8 month waiting list. 3 hour appointment. Expert Medical advice: no electronics before bed, give him massages, find a sport he likes. I’m in a bad mood. Please allow me to introduce you to  the author of these words. Bacon and Juiceboxes: Our Life With Autism is a Facebook page chronicling one family’s experience of… Continue reading Doctors And Older Children with Autism

Autism · Doctors · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

My son has never been one for baths. It was evident from the start. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was admitted to a children’s hospital. He was desperately ill, and no one knew why. We were there for more than a month. At some point a nurse came in, took… Continue reading Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

Autism · Depression · Doctors · Grace · Grief · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Everyday Autism

The days, weeks, and even months following my son’s autism diagnosis, are a bit of a blur in my memory. I remember trying different medicines. I remember trying different diets. I remember trying different therapies. But the details of that time frame? They just blend into each other. What I have very distinct, crystal clear… Continue reading Everyday Autism

Autism · Doctors · Grief · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

It’s been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so… Continue reading 5 Things I Wish I’d Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Autism · Doctors

Dear Pediatricians and Dentists, Meet The Autism Mom

If you are currently a pediatrician or dentist, or are working to pursue a career in pediatrics or dentistry, have I got an opportunity for you! Would you like to pay back all your student loans, in a matter of months? Have you been considering a vacation home for spending lazy days together with your… Continue reading Dear Pediatricians and Dentists, Meet The Autism Mom

Autism · Doctors · Dyslexia · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Is It Time For A Professional Evaluation?

This past weekend, I attended a conference with sessions for parents of special needs kids. In every session, there were at least a few  mommas who were asking the same question. It’s one of the most common questions I hear from other moms, particularly moms with wonderfully different little ones. It’s a question that I… Continue reading Is It Time For A Professional Evaluation?