Fighting for Change

Fighting for Change

Writing this post is really difficult, because it plays to one of my worst fears as a parent of a child with special needs.  The timing is ironic, as I literally just sat with a friend in a coffee shop over the weekend and shared this fear….that my daughter, Taylor, will be treated poorly or subjected to verbal or physical abuse, and that I will not know about it. Every parent fears this, but it is most concerning to me because my daughter is nonverbal. She would have no way of telling me what happened.

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Third Time's a Charm

Third Time's a Charm

I’m so proud of my girl!  Taylor recently turned three years old and we had an amazing time celebrating her third birthday with family and friends. If I am being completely honest, this is the first of Taylor’s birthdays where I felt truly celebratory. Taylor’s first birthday was not a particularly joyous time for me.  

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Loss of a Life Imagined: Grief and Chronic Sorrow

Loss of a Life Imagined: Grief and Chronic Sorrow

I like to put a positive spin on things….look at the bright side….make lemonade out of lemons.  However, there are some days when parenting a child with special needs is really tough.  Slow progress can be discouraging.  The inability to fully communicate with a child can be frustrating and feel lonely.  And, although I try to avoid it like the plague, I can’t help but compare my child to all those typically developing children running around in the world. 

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Coincidence or Sublime Plan?

Coincidence or Sublime Plan?

My husband and I recently decided we wanted to start the process of looking for a new home.  We have been living in a tiny two-bedroom condo for the last several years, one we bought shortly after the recession for an amazing price.  As I reflect, we weren’t even planning to buy the condo.  Back then, we were a newly married couple looking to move a little closer to the city.  We met with the previous owner, a sweet, recently widowed retiree, with the intention of renting. 

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