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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.
Perfectly Broken Yet Stronger Together
2018-05-21 19:24
It’s taken me a few weeks to write a post about attending this year’s HealtheVoices. This is the fourth time Janssen has hosted this event and I am blessed to have been invited t… Read More
2018-05-01 12:57
I. FEEL. DEFEATED. Today my son was baker acted for the third time. He is 8 years old. 8. I drove to the hospital in silence as a fear I had since forgotten began to enter my heart. This day… Read More
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

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