Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

“Special”, isn’t that something everyone wants to be? Then why is it we are so scared of “special needs”? I am the oldest of a family of six children, two of whom we adopted and have Downs Syndrome. I am big sister to Ellen, in her roaring 30s, a ball of cheeky fire...
Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

 I suffered from bullying for many months, but it did not stop me from hanging out with my bully, considering her to be my best friend. She pushed me to my limits and to do horrible things.  My mother calls me Dolores, my friends and family call me Lola, I...
What Do Teens Really Think About Having Mental Health Challenges?

What Do Teens Really Think About Having Mental Health Challenges?

What’s it like to be a teenager when it feels like your emotions are getting the best of you? Maybe you have seen a psychologist or psychiatrist and have a diagnosis, or maybe you just don’t feel right, like all the other kids who seem so balanced, so happy. ...
Finding My Own Happiness

Finding My Own Happiness

This part of my journey goes back about 2-3 years.  Finding my own happiness. To make a long story short: I had a good and lucrative career in IT sales; I was living with my girlfriend in a nice apartment in a nice city; I could afford to travel and eat out at...
A Letter To My Body

A Letter To My Body

I live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and it is attacking my kidneys. My body changed a lot since my diagnosis, but my relationship with it improved. I now write a letter to my body. Hey body, it is okay Hey, sorry it took me so long to write a letter to...
Everybody Died so I got a Dog –  Book Review

Everybody Died so I got a Dog – Book Review

Just a few weeks ago, my beloved dog Douglas died, so you can imagine that I wasn’t sure about reading a book titled “Everybody Died so I Got a Dog.” by Emily Dean. I had bought the book on an impulse while in London last January and it has sat on my nightstand ever...
What I Learned from my Depression

What I Learned from my Depression

This week is Suicide Prevention Week, so I wanted to share my experience with the hopes that this blog gives some camaraderie to someone going through something similar and gives insight to those who love someone with depression. I think everyone has, or eventually...
50/50 – Shadow Movie of the Month

50/50 – Shadow Movie of the Month

50/50 is a movie with a comedic spin on the topic of cancer, while still keeping the very real challenges in place. A story about cancer coming into the life of someone under 30. We love this movie, because September is childhood cancer month and families can talk...
You’re Done with Cancer Treatment (Now Comes the Hard Part…)

You’re Done with Cancer Treatment (Now Comes the Hard Part…)

“Done with cancer treatment now comes the hard part.” September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This blog features a story by Sheri Brisson a cancer survivor, writing about her thoughts after treatment survivorship. So maybe you’ve already rung the...
My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

…but my struggle with her passing continues. September is cancer awareness month. In honor of my best friend’s struggle with cancer, here is my story. When a loved one dies after a long illness, there is a period where you are grateful that it is over. Not for you,...