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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Facts and life with raising two children with FASD.

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder

Trying Differently Rather Than Harder Trying Differently Rather Than Harder is a book is by Diane Malbin, M.S.W.  I have had this book since 2016.  There are times I wish my brain would soak up and retain all the things that I have read.  This is one of those books that I need to retain about …

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Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose

Here I am, trying to make a feeble attempt at Taking the Smell out of Big Daddy’s Nose.  I have like 5000 kids and 2500 animals that live in my house.  Did I exaggerate?  Uhm, well…have you ever lived with a bunch of teenage boys?  Emotional girls?  Choose to take in every broken animal that …

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Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD

Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD This is a tough post to write but so many thoughts on the Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD is twirling through my head.  Also, both of these kids have Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Again, in FASD and RAD, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  It …

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, people with FASDs have a mix of these problems. What are FASDs? FASDs refer to a range …

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Confabulation The “True” Story

Confabulation The “True” Story   In Confabulation The “True” Story according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, CONFABULATION means 1: to talk informally  2: to hold a discussion  >>>>>>3: to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication<<<<<<< A major characteristic of brain-damaged patients is the tendency to confabulate—to hide and dissemble about their damage.  —Peter R. Breggin Now, I have stumbled upon another site …

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Part 3 Welcome Home

  Part 3 Welcome Home.  My flesh screams and I’m hanging onto the armrests of my airplane seat.  I refuse to move.  This is my anniversary.  This is our planned TRIP.  We are not moving.  I do not want to stay.  Honestly, I would live in France, if I had too, but guess what?  I …

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Part 2 Uhm NO

Yesterday, I wrote the FIRST PART to my story…..today, the continuing saga 🙂   Part 2 Uhm NO.  Uhm, WHAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!!  Holland?   Uhm, no.  No thank you.   I know nothing and I do not have an itinerary.  Sadly, I do not have a place to stay, I don’t know where to eat, I know nothing.  NOTHING.  I …

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Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We

Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We?  Let’s all just take a moment and soak in the beauty of the David.  Michelangelo was a master in his craft.  I mean……God created this man and honed his craft to leave people like me, breathless.  I love art, …

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Welcome to Holland

Welcome to Holland is a poem that I have always loved.  It is a different way to look at things when life does not go as planned.  There are 4 of my 7 children who have special needs.  We have dealt with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, and …

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Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy

Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy is a hard thing to do with most people.  The other night, when I was cooking supper, G came in the kitchen with 2 pages worth of notes that she wanted to discuss.  When she does this….it is exhausting because it is difficult to explain …

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