My mind tells me everything has to be perfect all the time. I’m trying to stop listening. One area where I have had little success has been with my writing. I write for someone for pay, so that stuff actually, truly has to be perfect. Everything else, not so much…I write for me, for my… Continue reading Red Sox Baseball Saved Me In 2017
I stopped playing tennis a while back out of fear and aggravation. How could I possibly be afraid of the sport that I love? Well, I allowed one bad experience to take me off the courts. Okay, maybe it was more than one bad experience. As you, faithful reader, know I am battling hearing loss… Continue reading No One Bursts My Tennis Bubble
Since December 2016, I have been battling right ear and jaw degeneration. My hearing has decreased slowly but surely over the last 8 months. The unwelcome addition of tinnitus began in May 2017. I saw over seven Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors, and a multitude of other specialists since the onset of this latest debacle,… Continue reading Help Me Thank A Great Doctor
I gave this presentation at the Children’s Craniofacial Association Annual Retreat in Boston, MA in 2010. I think the information could be helpful to teens, social workers, teachers, and others that interact with teens and young adults born with a facial difference.
The mother’s always come forward first. They are filled with apologies and explanations. “She’s shy.” “He isn’t feeling great today.” “She doesn’t love physical activities.” “This is new.” “He’ll come around once he sees everyone having a good time. This is how it always begins, but by the end of a social event for… Continue reading Transforming Fear Into Fun
I was in the waiting room at the dentist office in a ton of pain, so I thought how can I improve the moment and practice some distress tolerance. I looked over at People Magazine on my right. The front cover depicted a photograph of Natalie Wood. Then I thought, “let’s make a list of… Continue reading My Must Watch Movie List
September is Craniofacial awareness month. A month, and cause, near and dear to my heart. I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. I have written a lot about my cleft lip and palate experiences on this blog. The teasing and questions, the procedures, surgeries, scary moments, and, believe it or not, there is… Continue reading Resilience Through Humor