Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

When I was in high school, I learned about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief (the stages we go through when we are processing a significant loss or change). It was part of an assignment for a speech I was working on in debate class. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance I still have them memorized. One of the things I remember learning about...Read More

Depression and Mothering A Child With Special Needs

It's been coming on for a while now. And with good reason. The list of diagnoses and medicines. The boys' meltdowns and anxiety attacks. The constant hypervigilance. The lack of sleep. The loss of any real personal time. And, the intense grief that my youngest is spinning out of control in a mood disorder that has taken over his mind. This time, it didn't...Read More

On My Worst Days

In the past 48 hours I have been kicked in the shin, punched in the stomach, spat upon and had juice thrown all over me. I have heard my son use foul language with a gusto I usually expect from bar brawls. I have seen one of the people I love most in this world, try to hurt himself with anything and everything in...Read More