Author Archives: Cheryl

Cheryl is a 30 year old mother of 2 living in Toronto, Ontario. Lauren is a rambunctious 4 year old and Jillian is a very active 2.5 year old. Jillian was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy at 13 months old.

Where Red Tape Makes me Lose my Mind

I’m finally on the mend after the weirdest virus/cold I’ve never had! Thankfully, I learned well from my girls and I decided to share with them. In all honesty, I really need to teach them what IS appropriate to share and what isn’t. And I should probably take that lesson myself. Since Jillian was born,…

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I swear…

I had a good post started. On botox and our next round of treatment with Jillian. However, I am down and out with one of the worst viruses I’ve ever had and I’m putting myself in bed. This will make 3 early bedtimes for me. I am totally hoping and crossing all my appendages that…

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A Positive OT appointment!

We’ve had MANY therapists. We started with the usual suspects, early intervention physiotherapy, occupational therapy and a quick trip to speech language pathology (not to mention OTHER specialists like neurology,¬†ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, hypertonia clinic, etc) before Jillian wanted to prove everyone wrong and say “oh wait! Yes, I was delayed with babbling, but now I’ll…

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Our First Date in 2 years!

In my quest for “Me” time, Adam’s sister came to visit us this week. Before she arrived, I had asked if she would babysit for us. You see, Adam and I haven’t been out together since April of 2009. We used to have a regular babysitter who then moved and now I somehow lost a…

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Sometimes? I secretly hoped for Downs.

I really love meeting other parents that have kids with special needs. I like people in general, but it is so nice to find another mom who can have empathy with certain areas of special needs children. I have just “met” Ellen, who blogs at- Stumbo Family Story. Ellen has 2 children with special needs….

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Take time for…Me?

What does the phrase above even mean?! While I was still pregnant with Lauren, mothers a few times over always offered this gem of advice “Take time for you”. Ok. I get that. I was a person before I became a mother, makes sense. After Lauren was born, I wondered if those people telling me…

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If I’m still grieving, how does she feel?

I had tried to promise myself that I wouldn’t write about my best friend Nena or her son Glenn again, BUT, I’m still having a hard time with it. And it really has to deal with grief. If you want to read the first post, it’s HERE. I have to ask myself, if I’m still…

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All kids are created…equally?

Obviously whenever someone decides to begin this journey known as parenting, we (for the most part) all hope and dream the BIGGEST things for our kids. When you are presented with a “special needs child” you realize that you still have big goals, although they might have to be tinkered with a little bit. For…

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Botox, not just for the rich and famous, anymore!

Hi, my name is Cheryl and I have an addiction. You see? I’m terribly addicted to using Dr. Google. I often like to joke that I’m not a doctor, but I like to play one on the internet. Now if only I could figure out how to get a doctors salary out of it! We…

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What a difference…

…A good health care provider can be! As with most special needs parents, I have dealt with a lot of care providers. Some of them will leave an imprint in your mind forever. Sometimes it’s the terrible experiences you’ve had and also the complete opposite. It’s almost like customer service. If you have a bad…

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