Worth

Hi, I'm Des, and I've been given the opportunity to guest write a few pieces. I'm the mother of a child with a chronic autoimmune disorder, a teacher, currently of special needs children, and a military wife. All of these things have given me the opportunity to come into contact with scores of people who … Continue reading Worth

Okay? No! Not okay.

Hi, I'm Des, and I've been given the opportunity to guest write a few pieces. I'm the mother of a child with a chronic autoimmune disorder, a teacher, currently of special needs children, and a military wife. All of these things have given me the opportunity to come into contact with scores of people who … Continue reading Okay? No! Not okay.

Surgery

Hello Friends, I had shoulder surgery yesterday and am working on recovering. I hope to be back to writing and sharing with you all soon. In my absence a dear friend of mine and parent of a child with chronic illness is going to share some of her thoughts. Please welcome her to our community … Continue reading Surgery

When the Pain is Too Much…

Fall has descended on our sleepy little mountain town and the constant weather changes are wreaking havoc on my body. I'm having shoulder surgery in 4 days and my to do list is getting bigger while I have less and less ability to get it all done in time. Not to mention the meds you … Continue reading When the Pain is Too Much…

Trauma and the Brain/Body Connection

So, I told you about my amazing practitioner's massive intake interview process right? I had NEVER had someone talk to me about my trauma in direct correlation with my health before. I've had plenty of psychiatrists and counselors talk about how PTSD can affect you in many ways etc but no one has drawn a … Continue reading Trauma and the Brain/Body Connection

OH! I Know Someone…

We've all been somewhere, telling a story and that one person says,"Oh, I know someone who_________!" Am I right? Most of the time I just smile politely and think snarky things to myself when someone tells me they know someone with one of my conditions and how barley oat grass cured them or a gluten … Continue reading OH! I Know Someone…

The Sleeping Beast Awakens…

It had been months of agonizing stress waiting for court process after process to finally adopt our children. Nearly 18 months after parental rights had been severed in fact. During those months of stress and worry I was in a constant flare. My body was the remains of a desert rave after the hundreds of … Continue reading The Sleeping Beast Awakens…

All of The Labels and Then Some

Anyone who knows me well, knows I really quite despise labels. I'm not their bio-mom, adoptive mother, foster mom... I'm a MOM. I have a shirt from one of my favorite foster family non-profits that says: Bio, Adoptive, Foster all with a line through them and then MOM in big letters at the bottom. I … Continue reading All of The Labels and Then Some

Then There Were Two And Also Five…

Remember when I said my RA was under 'good control' and I was trying to navigate a new me with limitations? That only lasted a couple of months before they lumped on another diagnosis. This one I at least saw coming. Well, I kind of saw it stealthily peeking out from the corner of that … Continue reading Then There Were Two And Also Five…