Today for many students, it's back to school after the summer break. For the maiden as well. Only she is off to College. So Day 4 on my Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD journey is dedicated to my daughter. Because after all, she is the whole reason I started this journey. Before she came … Continue reading Red Shoes Rock Day 5: Back to School
The maiden's life has been a series of good-byes and losses. The loss of her birth family when she was brought into care. The loss of her foster family and friends when she was adopted and moved away. The loss of pets, people and friendships throughout her short life. All have impacted who she is, … Continue reading Loneliness and loss: a lifetime of good-byes
Day 46 of 99 Days to FASDay brings a resource of strategies for caregivers by caregivers. The above graphic highlights only three general strategies provided in this great resource 2017 Parent Retreat Strategies put together by the FASD Network of Saskatchewan (Canada). I only highlighted three of the general strategies, but the booklet (click on link above) … Continue reading Day 46 of 99 Days to FASDay: Strategies and Self Care for FASD Caregivers
The original 12 Wishes appears below. In 2018, 11 of the Wishes became part of the 99 Days to FASDay campaign, as Day 92. Want to know more about the Wishes, check out the post below. Want to know more about 99 Days, check out this post: 99 Days to 9/9 FASDay: Master Post 12 Wishes … Continue reading 12 Wishes for My Daughter and FASD
Many people have asked me the same question: Do I regret adopting the maiden? No.
My only regret is not knowing more about FASD before adopting.
However, ten years ago the information on FASD was limited, and even though support groups and services are still limited in my area of the globe, there is a growing culture of support.
The Internet has opened up so many opportunities to access professional and personal information for those of us caring for someone who has FASD.
Most common questions adoptive parents of children with FASD get include; “Do you regret adopting this child” and “Would you have chosen a different child should you have known this child has FASD?” This wonderful couple, @FASD_Dad and @FASD_Mum, can attest to this. They chose to adopt their beautiful son with FASD, No they do not regret their decision and they would do it all over again.
Adoption is an important part of our family story. I was adopted in the UK back in the 1960s. We adopted our son with FASD a decade ago. Whenever we speak publicly about FASD one of the questions we are always asked, in more or less delicate form, is whether we regret adopting our son? Would we have chosen a different child if we had known he had FASD? What it is like for me, having been adopted…
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An article I read stated that Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace, modelled the cartoon character after his own son, who had Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD (original piece I wrote here). What about Anne of Green Gables? Did she have FASD? I recently discovered an article, Leave Anne alone? published in Maclean's magazine (June … Continue reading First Dennis, now Anne!
A couple of days behind updates - it has been a busy week! Day 8 was a fun day. A Mother Daughter Day - actually it was our vacation day - that's correct DAY - I can't afford vacations away. Money I don't have. So a few days here and there over the summer. But … Continue reading Day 8: Kilometre 8 (a day in TO) for Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD
This is the second year for The Red Shoes Rock Campaign - a catchy and noticeable way to spread awareness about a leading cause of developmental disabilities that is preventable. I wore my red shoes so much in 2014 I wore a hole in the sole! So I bought a new pair and took them … Continue reading Day 1: Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD – 9 km in 9 days
Blogging 101 Assignment: Make a Prompt Personal: 2 + 2 = 4 For inspiration, I searched other posts, Tumblr (avoided Pinterest or I would have been there all day) and then went to Facebook. Saw the above graphic. I had my post. The statistic cited is American - it is likely similar in other countries, … Continue reading 2+2=4 : 2+3=5?
sunday, september 21 was the quiet day. a movement started by the quiet place project. a day when we all stop yelling at each other. we write everything in lowercase. during the quiet day you should not write anything with your caps-lock on (and no — don’t use the shift key either). the use of … Continue reading the quiet day: a good day for a drive and being mindful