Posts in category "survival"

Illinois finally has a budget, Gov Rauner. Time to pick up your pen, sign this PANDAS / PANS bill into law, and help kids with brain inflammation get the medical care they deserve.

[From the press release I just wrote, urging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into law] ILLINOIS TO BECOME 1st STATE REQUIRING INSURERS COVER TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD POST-INFECTIOUS DISORDERS PANDAS/PANS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 7, 2017 Families with sick children are eagerly awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into... Read more »

Feeling Overwhelmed? Let A Few Spinning Plates Drop.

As I sit here contemplating all that I might possibly write, my body tenses as the horrible cycle of self doubt and overthinking begins: “What should this post even be about?” “Make it interesting…yet real…and authentic…but don’t overwrite…” “How in depth should I go? And isn’t it spelled indepth?” “Am I in a light mood?... Read more »

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.
(This letter first appeared in article form on my LinkedIn page on 3/17/17. I composed and posted the piece only after consulting with — and receiving direct input and approval from — parents, physicians, legislators, medical advocates and international researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health). An Open Letter To Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner... Read more »
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I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.

I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.
I am not a doctor, nor do I purport to offer any medical advice whatsoever. But as a mother and an advocate for Pandas/Pans Advocacy & Support, this post grew from a place of epic concern. Had you told me my 100th blog post would… 1) discuss a House Bill up for review in the... Read more »

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion
As administrators and organizers at New Trier High School face fierce opposition toward its upcoming February 28th all-day seminar, Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights, one vocal opposition group in particular, referring to itself as Parents of New Trier, created this website with the tagline, “Because New Trier’s All School Seminar Day is Biased,... Read more »

The First Time I Felt Like A Grown Up

I’d been married just over a year. I think I was 24, 25 years old. I was living in Lakeview, in a garden apartment on Roscoe. My parents lived in Crystal Lake with my youngest sister, then 13 or 14. Our middle sister, 22 or 23, was in grad school, in Boston. Mom announced that... Read more »
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Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.

Make Life Great Again. 50 Lessons From My Worst Year Ever.
To “Make America Great Again”, it must start from within. To help make life great again, here are 50 lessons learned from my worst year ever. The bad news is, you will never run out of things to cry about. The good news is, not everything you cry about will be sad. Bits of shattered dreams can... Read more »

Called A "Faggy Dyke", Kindergarten Teacher Jia Howard Goes High...And Glitters

Called A "Faggy Dyke", Kindergarten Teacher Jia Howard Goes High...And Glitters
After a stranger publicly accosted Arizona kindergarten teacher Jia Howard’s sexual orientation, she wrote this post on Facebook: 12/6/16 8pm Hello, my name is: Faggy Dyke
. Let me back up and explain. You see, today I got to experience my first “official” introduction to Trump’s America. Also [known] as: the next 4 years of my life.  As per... Read more »

On Survival And What It Takes To Weather The Storms

On Survival And What It Takes To Weather The Storms
About a year ago, I thought my life was as bad as it could possibly be. Then things got worse. So much worse. Survival, at times, seemed somewhat elusive. Fast forward. Things are so much better now, thank God. And while the details are private and irrelevant here, my feelings, as always, are fair game for my posts. As a writer, I’ve... Read more »
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