Some real possibilities…

Those of us who are living with or parenting a hidden disability, lived through trauma or tragedy are maybe, just a little, sticking a toe over into the super-hero category. I say that because it often feels like we have to don a cape and fly to the rescue over and over again. An observer […]

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Soup Label = PTSD

PTSD – (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Medical Definition from: http://www.anxietybc.com/parent/post.php “A child who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic incident can suffer from severe anxiety problems that exhibit themselves after the trauma has occurred. Angry outbursts, nightmares and anxious behaviours are prevalent that were not there prior to the trauma. These behaviours can inhibit social […]

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Soup Label = Brain Trauma

Many hidden disabilities come as a result as some sort of trauma that occurs post birth. Cooper’s story is one example of how a post birth traumatic event resulted in a permanent hidden disability. Other culprits might be stroke, traumatic incident or accident. While some children may have pre-cursors to a hidden disability (genetic disorders) […]

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Cooper

Gemma sat back in her rocking chair and paged through her photo album, her eyes lingering on the face of her youngest son and his family. Her fingers traced his toothless grin and she smiled. He had made it after all. Cooper had been born perfectly healthy until he’d had an immunization that went terribly […]

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Soup Label = ‘Innard’ Disorders

Are you wondering what our innards have to do with hidden disabilities? Can you tell from looking at me that I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? No. That crazy thing is sitting inside me waiting for a chance to strike. Look at this sweet little thing! Can you tell she most likely has Celiac Disease? Nope! […]

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Andrea

Rayanne closed the door to her little girl’s room softly, praying that she would not disturb the exhausted child. It had been another day of screaming, vomiting and diarrhea. Andrea had been inconsolable and eratic all day. Rayanne had been prepared for it this time, though. Yesterday had been an exciting day with a birthday […]

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Soup Label = ADD/ADHD

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medical Definition quoted from Wikipedia; “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a psychiatric disorderof the neurodevelopmental type in which there are significant problems of attention, hyperactivity, or acting impulsively that are not appropriate for a person’s age.”    Working Definition ADHD looks a lot like a really active boy child!! But it doesn’t stop! These kids can’t stop moving, they […]

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Soup Label = ODD

ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder Medical Definition, quoted from Wikipedia; “Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood disorder described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM) as an ongoing pattern of anger-guided disobedience, hostility, and defiant behavior toward authority figures that goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behavior. Children suffering from this disorder may appear […]

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Mandy

Cherise closed the door on her daughter and walked back to the kitchen. It was going to be one of THOSE days. Mandy had started in as soon as her eyes opened. She didn’t want eggs, she wanted cereal. She dumped milk into her brother’s plate with an exaggerated “Oops!” and a not-so-well-concealed snicker. When […]

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Expectations – part 2

Today’s post is more for the family’s in the thick of it. How do we go about letting go of expectations on our kids? Honestly, I’m not even sure. We are still trying to figure this one out but we know that it is crucial to survival. Here are a few things we’ve learned. If […]

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