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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

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Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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Mar 21

March 21, 2016

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My Son Is Not Autism

I called my son over to the couch and asked him to sit with me.   “What did you need Mom? Are you writing a new post?” my son asked inquisitively.   I found myself getting nervous, “I wanted to write a post… about you.” “Me?! What is it about?” He now seemed to be bubbling with anticipation.   “I... Read more

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Mar 14

March 14, 2016

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Dear New Autism Mama,

Dear New Autism Mama,   You’ve never met me, but I think we might know each other a little. If you come sit next to me for a bit, you’ll find we have something in common.   You see, I’ve been there.   It probably started with a funny feeling. I know that feeling. It almost feels like a little... Read more

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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

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Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2016

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What It’s Like To Be Married To The Chronically Ill

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sometimes I wonder how we get through. Life, that is. How do we (my wife and I) get through a life that requires an all-star team, when half the team is on injured reserve? How do I—in my dual role as coach—also juggle team morale issues, logistical concerns and what to do about all... Read more

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Jan 13

January 13, 2016

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Fighting With the Chronically Ill

Anita I remember the first time I heard about chronic illness. Although I didn’t fully understand what chronic illness was or had never even heard the term, my first memory of it was called fibromyalgia and it sunk teeth deep into my mother in law’s body. She was very energetic. She was accustomed and happy to do everything in and... Read more

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015

Grief is a Process

Grief is a Process

Grief is a process. There is no escaping it. Oh yes, there is delaying it. But that is not the same as avoiding it—it’s just a postponement. There’s really no delicate way to say this and so here it is: Grief sucks. She’s an ugly monster who tries to drown you, who humiliates you in the grocery store and at... Read more

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Dec 6

December 6, 2015

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Till Health Do Us Part: Finding Your Medical Team

For those of us whose bodies are somehow impaired, there are few things that will impact our quality of life like the people who make up our care team. These decisions we make about who to entrust our bodies, our health, our very lives to are not to be made lightly. And yet, in the beginning, I did. In the... Read more

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Dec 3

December 3, 2015

An Open Letter

To The Lady Behind Me at Target

I knew it was going to be a long day. I warned my Facebook friends to that effect. Ryan, my precious little peanut, has a canker sore the size of Texas on her tongue. She chewed the dickens out of her mouth after having a cavity filled. And now the bugger hurts. Bad. First thing this morning, she was (what... Read more

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