The Negative Body Image Diet

The Negative Body Image Diet

Disclaimer: I am going to use the world bullshit approximately 72 times in this blog post.

I regret to report that it has taken me about three decades to really see the connection between how much bullshit I consume about body image and how much I pinch my own love handles. I am slow. No doubt you, dear …Continue Reading

Starting over. For good.

I’ve been absent for a while. And not just in my writing endeavors, but in a lot of other ways. I haven’t been a great friend—in fact I’ve been kind of the anti-friend. I haven’t been putting my best and brightest towards my job, letting small setbacks define the experience of productivity and success. And …Continue Reading

My kid, not my inspiration. Lessons in disability parenting.

Fin Learns W/C Tennis

Today we head off to wheelchair tennis camp in Portland. Finley played for the first time at this camp last year and it was one of those breath-of-fresh-air moments for me as his mama. I met other …Continue Reading

What I Love About Wheelchairs

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{Finley at Wheelchair Tennis clinic in Portland, Oregon. The chair allows him to play a sport! HOLLA!}

I will never forget the first time I pondered the idea of my …Continue Reading

Surgery & The Dam

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{Finley after his most recent surgery in December 2014}

“Your child needs to have surgery.”

Say those words to yourself and get a feel for how heavy they are. If you have kids, you have no doubt …Continue Reading

Accidental Love

My firstborn was due on Valentine’s Day of 2007. I was 23 years old and scared to death. She made my life what it is today. And not in simply the “kids change your life” kind of way. More along the lines of, “oh shit. I’m pregnant” kind of way. I went into false labor …Continue Reading

Responsibility & Disability

“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.” – Stella Young, Disability Advocate

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Dear Parents of Disabled Kids – Let’s Start Forgiving More

Last year my son Finley and I had a frustrating interaction with a woman at our local pool. He was in his wheelchair and her daughter was pointing and kid-whispering (you know – talking freaking …Continue Reading

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

At the end of each year we mark the highs, the accomplishments, and the good times in a number of ways. From Facebook “top 10” lists to jars filled with memories of the year. Reflecting is a way to pack up these four seasons and move on. For families with disabilities, this is not …Continue Reading

Strength Lesson: Create a Vision

Strength Lesson: Create a Vision

For my first “Tough Girl” interview I talked with my mom, Terry Diane. My original tough girl. Mom can drive me crazy like no other and I know I have the same effect back at her. But we are connected with a fierce intensity as well. I’m a mama’s girl for better or worse. She …Continue Reading