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Using Anger as a Positive Force in Life...

We run through the gamut of emotions when we’re in chronic pain, sometimes all in one day. We may experience loss, sadness, overwhelm, fear, anxiety, shame, isolation and anger to name a few. Anger can be used to...

Loving My ‘New Mom’ After a Brain Injury...

July 17, 2012 is a date that is forever etched into my permanent memory. I will never be able to forget my dad driving out to the week long summer camp I was attending to tell me my mom’s routine kidney stone surgery...

10 Things That Can Help You Cope With...

Many bloggers write about what you can do to cope with a new diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. We all have a different take on the issue, so if you have just been diagnosed, look for other blogs with similar titles. As...

13 Habits of People Who ‘Split’ Because of...

As many survivors of childhood abuse know, part of surviving trauma means wearing emotional “armor.” This armor can take many forms, from denying the abuse to regressing back to a child-like state or “forgetting” what...

8 Tips to Get Along With Teachers This...

I walked into my oldest son, Andrew’s, kindergarten class and my heart sank. The room was brightly colored and beautifully decorated with care, but that wasn’t where my eyes were drawn. There were four tables with four...

I Got Cancer Instead of a Baby, and...

“Let’s have another!” For quite a while this had been a casual remark my husband and I exchanged with each other on days when our two small children were being particularly hard work, or life as a family of four seemed...

16 Memes That Perfectly Describe Autistic Girls

It is unacceptably difficult to get an accurate diagnosis for autistic girls, especially when they happen to be of average intelligence or higher and can speak. Don’t take my word for it. The research tells the tale:...

This Is How Amy Schumer Says She Will...

Comedian Amy Schumer has answered a lot of questions about autism since sharing her husband Chris Fischer’s autism diagnosis in her March Netflix special “Growing.” Now, Schumer is answering premature questions about...

What Illuminates My Life When I Must Avoid...

I wipe the beads of sweat from my brow as we walk. My glance tilts downward in an effort to assure my wide-brimmed hat (the perfect hybrid between avant-garde and grandma) adequately blocks my face and upper chest from...

There Is No ‘Good Cancer,’ and I Have...

Angry. It’s interesting the emotion to describe my thyroid cancer journey is angry, as I’m not normally an angry person. I’m normally good at rolling my eyes, sighing very deeply, ignoring things out of my control or...

Dear Friend Whose Child Has a Chronic Illness

Dear friend, There are so many things I wish I could tell you about my past. I wish I could tell you about when my child first got sick How it truly impacted us all, and not always for the better. I wish I could...

What to Do If Your IEP or 504...

This overview will answer the following questions: When should I contact my school if I don’t think my own or my child’s needs are being met?   What government offices can I contact if plans aren’t being followed? What...

An Overview of What You Need to Know...

This overview will answer the following questions: What types of plans help disabled students in public school education? What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)? What is a 504? If you or your child has...

An Overview of the Laws That Help Protect...

This overview will answer the following questions What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?  What is Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act? What is the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)? While...

When Fear of Difference Keeps Us Apart

I’ve been thinking a lot about why we all don’t stand together. Even when we are in the same community of people. Even when we share the same religion. Even when we work together with a common mission. Even when we are...