Why Sexual Abuse Goes Unreported

Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

Sexual abuse remains the number one underreported crime in our country for a myriad of reasons. I will break down the main causes as to why this heinous crime remains unreported. Read more

When Family Makes Coping With Injury Harder

When Family Makes Coping With Injury Harder

Don’t get my wrong, I love my parents. I just don’t always love having them around, especially post-disability. Read more

My Story of my Daughter’s MS Diagnosis

My Story of My Daughter’s MS Diagnosis

I got the call at the end of my daughter’s second week of her freshman year in college. She told me that her feet and legs had been going numb. Knowing my daughter doesn’t complain when she’s hurt or sick, and that she is very independent, I knew something was not right. Read more

My Definition of Love

My Definition of Love

What is love? If you ask my wife she will tell you that love is not a feeling or something tangible, but that love is a verb or an act. To me love means acceptance without conditions or judgment. Obviously there are various types of love, but they all boil down to that basic principle. There is no but when it comes to love. For instance friends we had who were as close as family, but then we sustained an injury or long term illness and into the wind they vanished. I believe that if you truly love someone then you will always wish the best for them even if situations change and you go your separate ways. Read more

The Truth About Parenting

The Truth About Parenting

I thought that having a baby would change my life, and it did, but not how I had expected it to change. I thought having a baby would highlight all of my limitations even more so and make me feel completely insufficient as a person. How would I care for this completely helpless human being? Helpless my butt. Let me explain the parenting process in the most brutally honest way possible so that you too are not sucked into what I call “the baby trap”. Kids are great at some point I’m sure, probably when they move out. I’m 8 years into this now with a 15 year old, a 6 year old, a 20 month old cannibal version of a human great white shark, and I’m still waiting. At this point I will settle for a day that doesn’t include key phrases all parents know, but won’t tell people without children. I’m here to break the silence and tell you what the next 18 years of your life will include. Get ready for reality, because God made them cute for reason. Read more

Pet Ownership for Those with Disabilities

Pet Ownership for Those with Disabilities

Owning a pet can bring great joy into your life as well as a good bit of responsibility considering that all living creatures require care and have needs to be met. Nonetheless there is a pet out there fit for everyone if you’re interested in an animal companion. Owning a pet also provides hidden health benefits such as lowering your blood pressure. They provide constant companionship and unconditional love. The question becomes what pet is right for you, your home, and your lifestyle. Cats and dogs are the most interactive of the popular pet choices so that is what I will be covering today. Read more

Standing After Hip Surgery

Standing After Hip Surgery

Children with cerebral palsy or increased muscle tone can be at higher risk of developing hip issues; their hips may begin to sublux, or progress to dislocation often requiring hip surgery. The whole process of surgery is scary and full of possible complications. But once that is done, returning to previous activities can add another fear; will my child hurt their hip from doing this? When they have pain, how much do parents need to worry or run back to the orthopedic surgeon to make sure that hip is still ok? Read more

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Technicolor Dreams in a Black and White World

Sometimes I dream of the perfect blog post. And then I wake up. Read more

Top-10-Special-Needs-Products-of-2016

Top 10 Special Needs Products of 2016

As a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, I am always on the lookout for products that can improve my son’s life. Here’s my favorite adaptive products of 2016. Read more

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

1,000 Times I Was Not Human

Warning: This post contains detailed information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.

This is by far the hardest blog in my series on sexual abuse that I will write. I already feel the sting of the tears in my eyes and have yet to begin. I can write from a clinical point of view and give you facts, statistics, and talk until I am blue in the face. Today is not one of those days. Today I will allow you once again into my mind which was warped, twisted, and turned into a war zone. There are days I do not know who is the enemy and I am the only one fighting in this war. Read more