Our Journey

Walking Party 101

February 10, 2012

When I left off for a while in the fall while working on this new site, I mentioned that we planned to have a party for Rachel in honour of her recently acquired skill of walking. As I wrote earlier, I had told a lot of people that when she finally learned to walk, I would throw a party, and [...]

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Passport to Anywhere

January 25, 2012
Cross fingers that it passes inspection!

So we’re heading on a big trip this summer, and the time has come to get new passports.  Easy, right?  Well, it’s amazing how Down syndrome can even sneak its way into something as simple as getting a passport photo taken. In we went to the photo store today, me with a touch of lipstick [...]

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Walking On Sunshine!

September 23, 2011

We’ve had a very exciting few weeks!  At 3 years, 4 months and about 3 weeks, our Rachel has made the transition from crawler to walker.  It’s hard to describe how this has changed our lives.  I’ve had a couple of people jokingly say, “Oh, just wait, you’ll soon wish she wasn’t walking again!”  To [...]

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As Long As It’s Healthy

August 24, 2011

  I wanted to share a video with you (and not just because my daughter is in it!)   My friend Denise created this video to challenge the common phrase mothers hear when expecting a baby– “as long as it’s healthy”.  This video was entered into the Bloorview filmpossible contest, whose goal it is to “bring visibility to [...]

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Believe, Inspire, Persevere

July 29, 2011

When I was in my late teens, I applied for a volunteer position at our local hospital.  I had aspirations of becoming a speech-language pathologist, so I requested that I be placed in the SLP department in order to gain some experience. There were three therapists in that department, including a young, fair-haired woman who had recently graduated from [...]

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Greece is the Word

July 6, 2011

My husband was born and raised in Greece, and I absolutely love the dimension that getting to know his culture and a bit of the Greek language has added to my life.  His immediate family all still live there, so we are very privileged to be able to travel to Greece every couple of years for [...]

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Lost Together

July 2, 2011

“And if we’re lost, then we are lost together” – Lyrics from Lost Together by Blue Rodeo About a year ago when the finale of the television series Lost aired, I had a sudden thought.  It occurred to me that parents of children with special needs share a bond similar to that of  the Oceanic 815 passengers who crashed [...]

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Taking a Break…

June 17, 2011

If someone asked me what has changed the most since my daughter was born, I would have to say it’s the amount of time spent at appointments.  Don’t get me wrong, I am exceedingly grateful for the services we have here in Canada, and I don’t know what we would do without them. (And I [...]

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Perspective

June 8, 2011

Hooray! I’m back online!  While working on my last blog post, a very destructive virus got into my computer.  I knew it was coming in as there was a pop-up stating that my hard drive had been compromised.  However, there did not seem to be anything I could do to stop it.  I tried to open my [...]

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Ton of Bricks

May 20, 2011

 I guess it goes without saying that when you have a  child with special needs you’ll have good days, and you’ll have ones that are not so hot.  Most of the time, I find I am hardly aware of my child’s disability.  You get used to the way a person is, so that even if the child is 3 [...]

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