My Normal

Okay, let’s just start with the obvious question on everyone’s mind. Who in the world am I to think anyone would actually want to read an article I write? I mean that is side-splitting comical really. Seriously, it’s comical. The truth is I don’t know exactly why  I feel LED and COMPELLED...
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Finding Out What Is
Actually Isn’t

I am (literally) writing this article during a car ride home from Dallas, TX. to where we live outside of Houston, TX. We have just spent two days at the world-renowned PNP (PsychoNeuroPlasticity) Center in Dallas putting our 11-year old son who has been diagnosed with high-functioning Autism/ADHD, and...
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Bipolar vs. Puberty
Round Two

(Note: This is the second article in a 12-part series chronicling my experience as a Mental Health Mom of a Bipolar son going through puberty. If you have not read “Bipolar vs. Puberty Round One’, I encourage you to do so before reading this article as this article picks...
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The Mental Health Muscle

I recently started working out three days a week (at 6:00am, prayers are welcome!) with a personal trainer. I have had 13 surgeries in the last four years and, as a result, I am overweight and out of shape. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Spinal Stenosis…all chronic pain...
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Bipolar vs. Puberty
Round One

Let’s just call it like it is…Bipolar Disorder and Puberty don’t play well together in the sandbox. Not. At. All. They fight ferociously all the time. They butt heads. They throw punches. They go back-and-forth for years, each controlling the fight at different times. They each yearn for power...
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Caution: Coddling the Disorder

It was on a Tuesday when the surgeons stopped my son’s heart and put him on a bypass machine. I silently sobbed in the waiting room chair every second, of every minute, of every hour, he was on the bypass machine. Every second, of every minute, of every hour,...
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Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde:
The Mom Behind the Mask

This is for the Child Life Nurse I recently met at Texas Children’s Hospital and for all the other Mental Health Moms who wish they could make the outside world understand how they feel but are afraid to use their voice… She is fierce. She is fragile. She laughs...
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When the Neighbors
Never Come Outside

I am one of the lucky ones. One of the lucky ones to live in one of “those” neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods where everyone on the street genuinely like each other and want to hang out together. One of those streets where there are tons of kids outside...
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When the Bully Strikes

It happened on a Thursday. A regular plain-Jane nothing special Thursday. Or so I thought. Except this Thursday would prove to be different than other Thursday’s. This was the Thursday my 10-year old Autistic/ADHD son’s therapist told me my son wants to die. He was thinking of ways to...
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The Rules of Engagement

In the military, the brave men and women who serve our country follow very strict Rules of Engagement when they enter the battle field. These Rules of Engagement are non-negotiable and are adhered to with the utmost patriotic pride. These Rules of Engagement are by design to ensure the...
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