Special Needs Parents and PTSD: This Is What Happens
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Special Needs Parents and PTSD: This Is What Happens

I drove up the freeway, listening to a podcast and not really paying much attention to my surroundings. All of a sudden, I started to panic. Nothing changed. I was just suddenly gripped by an almost crippling anxiety. I felt like my chest was constricting. I could barely breathe. I pulled over and started to…

Special Needs Motherhood: When You Have No Idea What To Do
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Special Needs Motherhood: When You Have No Idea What To Do

It was a matter of days, after my oldest son’s first diagnosis, that the emails and Facebook links began pouring in. Welcome to Holland, by Emily Pearl Kingsley, is like required reading for a mom with a newly diagnosed child. I read it. I liked it. I identified with it. I nodded my head a…

When I Mourn the Mundane: Grief, Loss and Special Needs Motherhood
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When I Mourn the Mundane: Grief, Loss and Special Needs Motherhood

I saw them as I drove out of the Target parking lot. Two little boys, rolling down a grassy hill, squealing in delight as their momma waited at the bus stop nearby. Such a simple little scene… But I felt like I couldn’t breathe, watching the oldest boy roll with abandon and wild joy. Tears…