When you are the parent of a special needs child there are certain things you don’t say aloud for fear of giving others the wrong impression. So we hold them in. And we feel alone. And we feel like bad parents for even having these feelings. What typical parents see is us “just doing it”Continue reading “Things That Aren’t Talked About”
Check out my interview with Kara Ryska of The Special Needs Mom podcast! Please leave a comment if you listen. And be sure to check out Kara’s other interviews!
My son has special needs. He bears the weight of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) daily, but I’m not writing this for him. I’m writing this for the all of the parents and loved ones who must learn how to live with OCD as well. I’m not trying to diminish the burden he carries; believe me,Continue reading “Just Keep Moving (a repost)”
What do you do when a past choice turns into a regret? You have to move on.
I had a conversation with my son Jake today. A conversation that I am particularly proud of. It all started out as my usual pep talk. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Jake, let me give you a little background. Jake was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) at the ageContinue reading “What’s Your Story?”
An excerpt from my upcoming book, He’s Not Broken: A Mother’s Journey to Acceptance I have a photo of my son Jacob in the pilot’s seat on his first flight. He was six-years-old. His hands are on the controls, with the pilot’s hat perched on his head. It’s one of my favorite pictures of himContinue reading “He’s Not Broken Excerpt”
(This is a very bad mock-up of the cover. Also, Michelle will be changed to Ginger because when you search for Michelle McGee on Google…well, just see for yourself.) /Widgetflex.swf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Help Me Publish!!! 1 in 360 (approximately 138,000 US children) have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, based on parent report. Run your fingers throughContinue reading “Publishing My Memoir!”
“Oh I don’t know, Tourette’s can be kind of fun. I knew someone with TS and he would throw the “F” word around all the time,” the stranger said with a laugh. Silence. Suddenly I was bombarded by the image pain of Jake sticking his finger down his throat hundreds of times a day.Continue reading “Got Compassion?”
*This post is honest. It is painful to write, but I feel that it needs to be said for those who can’t say it. My son bears the weight of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) daily, but this post is not for him. This post is for the parents and loved ones who must learn howContinue reading “Just Keep Moving”
In the midst of my own personal revelations, I’m still struggling to deal with the pain of someone very close to me. My oldest son was diagnosed with Tourette’s at age six and OCD, anxiety, and depression at the age of eight. Over the years he has faced many challenges, all of which heContinue reading “Part of That World”