Because It's No One Else's Job to Put Me First

Since I have committed to blogging daily for the month of July (connecting with #NaBloPoMo and #BlogBoost), I see this as an opportunity to jot down some of the sticky notes that hang out on the walls of my mind. The notion of "Putting Myself First" used to be a scary "no no" of an idea, but it is gaining more and more traction....more
This is great! Nothing and nobody is going to make you happy, unless you are happy on the inside ...more

Fireside Chat With The Autism Mom: My Boy Is A Lightweight And I Am So Proud!

I just made Evan weigh himself. The last time he was officially weighed was at the doctor's office back in April. He weighed over 200 lbs then...I think 203. Today, with Scott's verification, he weighs in at a no-too-shabby 178!Now, I do recognize there's a difference in the weights of the doctor's scale and ours so I'll just crow that The Boy has lost approximately 20 lbs since our doctor's visit! That's pretty impressive if I do say so!...more

Does your solder have a TBI - or concussion? Read this.

If your husband (or wife) has experienced a traumatic brain injury (or even a concussion), you should read this. There's new evidence that the risk of dementia rises with a TBI.If you've followed football, this is no surprise. The retired NFL players are complaining of dementia-like symptoms, likely caused by all the hard hits they've taken over the years. It's called "CTE"  (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and it's a progressive degenerative disease that can only be confirmed postmortem (sound familiar? Just like Alzheimer's)....more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
laughingmom This is exactally my point. Perhaps those in the US think differently about the way ...more

It Could Be Worse

It could be worse.It could be worse.It could be worse.I repeated those words in my own mind for months leading up to the heartbreaking news that I had just received. My baby, my first born, my son was in desperate need of another open heart surgery.  Except this time, his fragile, tiny heart needed a titanium valve to save his life. It could be worse....more

The Birth of a Caregiver Part 1

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/2014/06/birth-caregiver...more

Dear Dads...

"The Blue Light" - a Son's Story

 byTracy D. Holloman, MA, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP...more

Driving with dementia; Should you take away a loved one's keys?

When my grandfather started developing Alzheimer's, we knew when it was time to take away the keys. He hit a parked car as he was driving by, taking off the side mirror.For other people, it's not so obvious. And as you can probably guess, trying to take away someone's ability to drive is often taken as a form of repression; you're taking away their freedom in their eyes. Although few seniors probably feel they're perfect drivers (and many will willingly give up driving at night or in busy areas they don't know well), many still want the OPTION....more

Fireside Chat With The Autism Mom: Life After The Autism Waiver

My son, Evan, is 21. We were out of the country immediately after his graduation from high school which was an incredible experience. I have to tell you, Israel is DA BOMB for autism services. There are services for babies, little kids, big kids and adults. TONS OF SERVICES! So many services that they apologize to you for not being able to get your kid into a group home (if they so choose) for 6 months to a year....more
Thanks so much for your comment!!!  You are so right about other cultures and learning about ...more