Do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, bitter and resentful at doing the mother thing? I know for me that when I don't practice self-care, that's when the stress and overwhelm come in. Today we are talking about the importance of self-care when raising a child with a disability. If we don't take care of ourselves and treat us with love, we may not be healthy enough to really take care of our kids for as long as we want. We READ MORE
I couldn’t be more excited about this topic! This episode is going to tackle the how-to of taking care of your child with autism. We spend so much time debating how people get autism, that we place very little attention on the, “Now What?” We want to know how to get our kids to play with us, to communicate, to stop having meltdowns, to play with others and so on. You have to learn the language of autism to be READ MORE
Cannabis has been a hot topic for people with epilepsy because many people have found success in lowering their seizures using THC and CBD, which are both cannabinoids (or chemicals) found in the marijuana plant. My daughter Remy has autism and a rare genetic disorder called PCDH19 which causes her to have epilepsy. I want to talk about Cannabis because as parents of children with neurological disorders, we need drugs that are effective for our kiddos, but we don’t want READ MORE
Do you ever feel like you just aren't getting it right being a mom? Or feeling like you have no idea what you are doing, you can’t seem to accomplish everything, and the to-do list is always growing? I had planned on getting up, getting the kids to school, and recording an episode for the podcast. But I had a bad morning and I went down the spiral of sadness and depression. So I wanted to record this episode because READ MORE
Have you ever thought that refusing to accept your child having autism, epilepsy or other neurological disorder was a sign of love? What if I told you that it actually is the opposite. Join me as I dive into the importance of accepting your child with special needs and what life looks like when you do.
Depression is the peak of grieving and almost guaranteed at some point in the journey of special needs parenting. Depression affects all of us, and the reason why it’s important to talk about it is that there are ways out of it. We don’t have to be depressed forever even though sometimes it feels like we will. What I have learned about depression, is that getting through it takes work. It’s not something that just goes away. Getting to the READ MORE
Do you feel anger, jealousy, and resentment because your child isn’t who you dreamed of when you thought about being a parent? Do you feel way over your head and that you and your child have been short-changed due to a medical diagnosis? Grieving over a life you prepared for and fantasized about is totally normal and actually very healthy. Us moms feel such shame around grieving because we are supposed to be thankful for what we have. But sometimes READ MORE
Today we are talking about getting a second opinion and why that could be one of the most important first steps of your autism and epilepsy parenting journey. Whether your child has received a diagnosis or not, it's always a good idea to get another persons' perspective in your child’s treatment plan. I will share what giving a second opinion has done for our family and what it might have looked like if we never went down that route. If READ MORE