SILVER LININGS

SILVER LININGS

Mama Maremma is a full-time carer for her child who is living with FASD. She likens herself to the Maremma breed of dog who are renowned as guardians and protectors. She made the choice to home school her son, finding that this is the best arrangement for him and for...
FAREWELL TO THE OLD YEAR

FAREWELL TO THE OLD YEAR

A New Year has dawned and, according to tradition, I should make some resolutions.  Quite a few years ago I successfully pulled off some New Year resolutions, but this was after years of not being successful.  I eventually realised that these resolutions don’t...
REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS

I have always thought of the word “reflections” as referring to something beautiful.  Visions of a tranquil river, with native flora reflected upon its glassy surface, would come to mind.  Or a reflection would remind me how wonderful it is to remember a special...
MORE THAN WORDS

MORE THAN WORDS

For the last week, every time I looked at myself in the mirror I felt like I was looking at something that the cat had dragged in.  I’ve gone from tired to fatigued in a matter of days and know that my looks resemble this fact.  The problem is, I can’t bring myself to...
SANTA…TO BE OR NOT TO BE

SANTA…TO BE OR NOT TO BE

As it is for many affected by FASD, December is the hardest time of year for our family. In addition to Christmas, our young person who lives with FASD celebrates his birthday early in the month. Once upon a time there was a clear respite of a few days between the two...
THE MORNING AFTER

THE MORNING AFTER

As I awoke this morning, at first it seemed “normal”. As usual, I was trying to ignore the gentle shaking my body was receiving, in the hope that it would cease and my mind could drift back into a much needed slumber. But as my “normal” morning goes, this gentle...

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