Epilepsy’s “New Normal”

"Do kids with epilepsy fight to perform normal childhood activities well? Absolutely. Does that make their experiences with them normal? No...Their childhoods are not normal: they are extraordinary."

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A Magical Kingdom, Part 2 (14)

"Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy." -Placard at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY We were four days into our daughter's Wish Trip and on our final day at a Disney Park. Up until this point, Pierson had been positively reluctant to meet any … Continue reading A Magical Kingdom, Part 2 (14)

Are Children with Epilepsy Healthy?

NEW BLOG!! In honor of November being Epilepsy Awareness Month. "The sad truth is that this type conversation for those within the epilepsy community is normative. People do not understand the risks, losses, and cost-versus-benefit weigh outs that occur on a daily basis for individuals battling epilepsy. They see seizures as an annoyance, not a life-altering - let alone life-threatening - disorder."

When Comparison Kills Compassion

"It's okay, Lloyd. None of our parents are perfect! I mean, my mom is weird and collects sea shells. Your dad levels cities and attacks innocent people. So, they've all got their quirks, you know?" - New Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer, Release date: Fall 2017. I took my kids to the theatre recently and this hysterical quote … Continue reading When Comparison Kills Compassion

Why I Blog Our Story

  It seems like every blogger gets around to this post sooner or later, and each one has their own reasons for writing. Here are my personal reasons for why I write this blog. I WRITE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE. When you're diagnosed with a chronic illness, the things that you always knew were blessings in … Continue reading Why I Blog Our Story

101 Ways to Help a Family Fighting Chronic Illness, Part Two

In my last blog, I listed 1-51 of 101 Ways to Help a Family Fighting Chronic Illness. This is the second part of that list! As I mentioned last week, the bulk of credit for these ideas go to the many people who've blessed either us or other hurting families we know, with their love … Continue reading 101 Ways to Help a Family Fighting Chronic Illness, Part Two

101 Ways to Help a Family Fighting Chronic Illness, Part One

We've all been there. A family or loved one is reeling from a new diagnosis, or still being tossed by recurring storms from an old diagnosis. We want to help, but honestly words escape us, distance limits us, and confusion immobilizes us. We feel inept pondering where to even begin to lighten their heavy load. … Continue reading 101 Ways to Help a Family Fighting Chronic Illness, Part One

A Magical Kingdom (13)

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." - Winnie the Pooh "Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But, the greatest of these is love."  I Corinthians 13:13 Some may recall a certain, shall we say, "fever" that had fallen upon the USA in the fall of 2016. A … Continue reading A Magical Kingdom (13)

When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle

"God won't give you anything you can't handle." - an old adage not actually found anywhere in the Bible "Just remember! God won't give you anything more than you can handle!" Haven't all of us have heard these words offered as encouragement? People mean well. They're trying to help a hurting soul tap into some … Continue reading When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle

I Wanna See You Be Brave: The Story of A First Year at Church Camp

"Everybody's been there, Everybody's been stared down by the enemy Fallen for the fear And done some disappearing, Bowed down to the mighty... Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live Maybe one of these days you can let the light in... Show me how big your brave is And say what … Continue reading I Wanna See You Be Brave: The Story of A First Year at Church Camp