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

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

Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Oh my goodness, Halloween is almost here. Like every year, I am anticipating it with a certain amount of excitement and a certain amount of anxiety. If you don't have a child on the spectrum or with sensory processing issues, you may think my anxiety is about homemade costumes or sweet decorations. If you do have a child like mine, you know exactly why....Read More

A Mom Is A Mom, A Kid Is A Kid

There is so much I want to share with you. The joy when my son is able to read 73 of the Top 100 words in the English Language. The crazy when I am at a Reptile Show with my oldest, and he wants to see one more lizard, one more turtle, one more snake. The doubt I feel every single day - am...Read More