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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They All Bleed The Same

On the 4th of July, my family went to a friend’s house for a barbecue. About 15 minutes after we arrived, my 11-year old son Adam slipped and fell by the pool and smacked the back of his head on the concrete. The cut was deep and we knew...
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Grieving the Living

As a mom who has children with Mental Health Disorders, it has taken me many years in therapy to say what I am about to say. I even have a pit in my stomach right now as I am typing this. Here it goes: It is okay to grieve...
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The Drug Maze

When I was little, I remember my mom teaching me how to do those fun little mazes you see in puzzle books. On paper, the starting point of the maze is always clearly identified. The end goal, the finish line, is also always clearly identified. To solve the puzzle,...
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The Decision to Homeschool

Okay, here’s the deal. I am 99% sure I am certifiably NUTS! I chose to pull my 11-year old (5th grade) Bipolar son and my 10-year old (4th grade) Autistic son from their wonderful, amazing public elementary school and start homeschooling them MID-SEMESTER! I mean no sane person would do that, right?...
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Psychosis…
You Are Not My Friend

Psychosis, you are not my friend. You are not loving, caring, giving or kind You are selfish, dark, and manipulate the mind You create what is not real Terror is what you want us to feel You prey on children you perceive as weak Wanting their outlook to be...
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What is Normal?

In a recent conversation with my husband, he said something that really stuck…and stung. He said, because we have children with Mental Health Disorders (one Autistic son, one Bipolar son), we need to constantly stop and ask ourselves if we are trying to fit our kids into what society...
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The “L-Word”

I grew up always knowing the “L-Word” referred to love. That was until October 4, 2016 when the doctor told me my 11-year old Bipolar son needed to start taking Lithium. From this day forward, the “L-Word” will forever mean Lithium to our family. No parent should ever have...
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