June 2013

Another Day, Another Lesson Learned from My Special Needs Son

Every Friday morning I head to one of my favorite places on earth: My therapist’s office. From 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. I sit on her couch and deconstruct my life in the hopes that I can discard the parts I don’t need and put back the parts that I do in a way that [...]

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He May Have Broken His Toe, But if He Could, He’d Tell You He’d Do it Again in a Heartbeat

Yesterday our son Andrew participated in his fourth Surfer’s Healing event at Doheny State Beach. It was a gorgeous day, made only better by the beautiful sea of smiles from the kiddos riding the waves with the pro’s. When we arrived and Andrew realized what day it was (SURFING DAY!!!), he was so excited! He [...]

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The Long Way is No Longer the Only Way

  Until last Sunday afternoon, I hadn’t driven on a freeway in six years. Now, if I lived in rural Iowa, this wouldn’t be a big deal, or very surprising. But I happen to be a Southern California resident and around these parts our freeways are not unlike the veins in our bodies; we rely [...]

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Humbled.

Do you ever just stop and look at your children and think: “Dude. I’m your mom. And you’re my kid. How cool is that?” That’s where I’m at today. It caught me off guard this morning. I glanced over at my boys and it was as if I were looking at them for the very [...]

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I Forgot.

My Ian. When I say he’s a “good” kid, I don’t mean he says “Please” and “Thank you,” or that he gets good grades. I mean, he does all of those things, but that’s just scratching the surface. When I say he’s a “good” kid, what I mean is that he’s a “good” human, something [...]

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Happy Father’s Day: Honoring Two Remarkable Men in my Life

Today  on Father’s Day, I want to take a moment to honor two remarkable men in my life: First, my dad; the hardest working man in the world. A man who gave up the only life he’d ever known in Poland in order to take a risk as a political refugee in America, so  his [...]

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Autism is Not an Excuse for Murder: A Mother Selfishly Takes Her Son’s Life

Another child with autism has died, and this time, the victim was murdered by his mom. You will hear many things as this story unfolds. You will hear that raising a child with autism is hard. You will hear that many are hopeless and helpless and left to fend for themselves as they navigate an [...]

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Thirsty

Seven years ago today, I woke up hungover. And thirsty.   Thirsty for peace. Thirsty for answers. Thirsty for freedom from the unquenchable thirst I had for the one thing that continually left my heart and my soul parched: alcohol.   Seven years ago today, I woke up hungover. And scared.   Scared of how [...]

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Still Standing

I first noticed her as soon as we arrived. We were spending the day at a local event for autism families; an annual picnic where strangers help chase down bolting kids without having to be asked and there’s no shortage of glorious hand flapping. There was nothing remarkable about her really, at least, not at [...]

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For Hire: One Special Needs Child to be a Tour Guide at Disneyland

Remember that story that was trending a few weeks ago about a bunch of rich folks paying for a special needs tour guide in order to obtain a Disneyland Guest Assistance Pass? You know, that pass that special needs families get as a “perk?” The one that makes their visit to the happiest place on [...]

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