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Overcoming the Challenge of Caregiver Isolation

Isolation for caregivers can be a real thing. However, I apply my glass-half-full observations to help me battle this unwanted occurrence. Limited interaction or activities outside a caregiver’s immediate home can certainly lead to isolation. Managing regular activities may be difficult, so some caregivers and their families may choose to…

What to Know During AAC Awareness Month This October

Because people rarely see an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device in action, they don’t recognize it. Most assume Jessie carries an iPad for entertainment. Though talking is amusing, to her it is no game. October is AAC Awareness Month.(Courtesy of Mary Kay) When…

I’m Thankful for Angel Advocates

When my daughter, Jessie, was 2, she saw a balloon while we were waiting in line at the market. I pulled it closer for her to see, then let it go. She smiled as it floated to the end of its string. After observing this, the shopper next to me…

Give Up Hope? Wrong Prescription, Doc

Hope is a treatment that works for any disease. Why don’t doctors understand that? When my son, Lou, was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome 20 years ago (wow, that was quick), I was told there was no hope for a cure. I was informed that Lou would have uncontrollable seizures,…

Summer Challenges and Zoom Adventures

As of this writing, 140 days remain until 2021 — but who’s counting? Within two weeks, my husband had two ER visits, one resulting in a hospital stay. A tropical storm caused a power outage, and then our well stopped working. As soon as we were…