It’s no wonder…

My friend and I chatted while sitting on my couch, ice cream bowls in our hands. She told me about how her sister was recovering from some thyroid issues after working night shift had thrown her hormones out of whack. “She’s back to days now—and she’s doing a lot better.” “Wow.” I said, my mind … [Read more…]

Fighting that Overwhelming feeling

There’s something especially horrible about feeling overwhelmed. It’s the paralysis, the circling back of a million thoughts with no resolution, the feeling of wanting to throw your hands in the air and give up, the exhaustion, and “just-whatever-I-don’t-care-anymore.” Mostly I hate the little voice in my head that whispers, “You can’t do this.” My husband … [Read more…]

Talk to me about Transitions

“You’re shaking. Are you cold?” My husband asked anxiously. I exhaled deeply, the contraction loosening its grip on my body. “No,” I assured him. “It’s normal.” I’m in transition For a laboring woman, “transition” is often the most difficult part of labor. I experienced shaking and sweating as my contractions intensified, crashing down on me … [Read more…]

My first month of Antidepressants

As humans, we have this desire to slice and dice ourselves into neat little boxes and categories. We place our body in one box, our emotions in another, our mind in the next (where do we place our soul?). Headache? Take a Tylenol. Heartache? Have a good cry or talk to a friend. Bored? Pick … [Read more…]

I need Incarnational Love for my child

I am terrible at learning languages. I quit Spanish 102 because I just couldn’t get it, even after summer tutoring, on-campus tutoring, getting help from the professor, and take-home tests. I was a failure and I gave up. I once heard an Autistic man describe Autism as being in a foreign country where you don’t … [Read more…]

5 things I wish people knew about ADHD

I have two kids with ADHD (one of my sons is also Autistic). The challenges that ADHD brings to our lives are very real, but every week I read articles that dismiss ADHD as an “imaginary illness,” dreamed up by “Big Pharma,” lazy parents, and overworked teachers in order to drug kids into submission. Before … [Read more…]