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I began blogging when my therapist suggested I journal my feelings and thoughts about raising a child with a severe mental health condition. This blog catalogs the day-to-day triumphs and tribulations of raising Timothy, diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia at age 11, as well as articles on fighting mental health stigma, navigating the Special Education system, sibling issues, and parental self-care.
2017-10-23 16:46
I know, I’ve been quiet for a few months.  Frankly, I’ve started and stopped writing posts at least a dozen times over the past three or four months, and every time I get di… Read More
2017-05-23 08:00
In July of 1980 I was thirteen years old. I spend the previous school year being picked on for being chubby and having braces. The summer between seventh and eighth grade I got my braces off… Read More
2017-04-26 21:43
On April 20, 2017, it was announced that an amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was being proposed. The amendment was authored by Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ). On April 25… Read More
2017-04-24 19:08
I went to the third annual HealthEVoices Online Advocacy conference this past weekend.  I learned a lot that I want to share with you over the coming weeks. But probably the most import… Read More
2016-11-10 19:27
I have been trying to explain to friends, family, and others why I, a middle-aged, middle-class white woman, am afraid of what the next four years holds now that Donald Trump is our Presiden… Read More
2016-09-28 15:51
After our calls and emails to Knott’s Berry Farm and Hollow Studios, the online petition, and posts, articles, and letters from the Orange County chapter of NAMI, Pete Earley, Ron Thom… Read More
2016-09-23 14:23
I received a response from both Knott’s Berry Farm and the maker of the virtual reality game they are showcasing this Halloween. From Knott’s Berry Farm: It is never our intent t… Read More
Stacy’s Story – Parents Like Us Club
2016-08-25 14:14
My daughter is 19 now and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychotic features at the age of 16 and then later borderline personality disorder. She’s tried to die by suicide twi… Read More
Angie’s Story – Parents Like Us Club
2016-08-24 14:29
Just over two years ago I was gloriously naive. Before the police knocked on my door the morning of May 31st, 2014, there was a lot I didn’t know. I didn’t know my daughter had a… Read More

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