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Mom and Baby: No Regrets

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Guest Contributor21 Comments

SINGLE MOM Single and disabled is the foundation of my life. I never dreamed in a million year I’d be a mom with children and the very thought of it seemed unreachable and impossible. I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 3, otherwise referred to as brittle bones disorder. It’s a genetic condition that lacks collagen, which allows the bones …

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From a Mom to her Baby

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Dear [Not-A-Baby-Anymore], One of the first questions that strangers ask when they see us together is, “Is that your daughter?” There is always an awkward pause that follows my usual response: “Actually, that’s my SON.” This unexpected answer really throws people off and their reaction is both amusing and priceless. I have to admit that I am rather proud of …

OI Motherhood

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Christine Wartenburg0 Comments

When I began to write a article about motherhood, being a mother with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), I had to take a long pause. I have taken many pauses in my life, but this one proved different. Since I’ve never been a mother without OI, I had to try to imagine the differences between being a OI mother and an able …

Memories

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

I remember my mother’s words Of the day that I was born. She wanted a girl after so many boys Then she got me – oh the joy. They said “It’s a girl!” My mom thrilled to the gills But, oh dear, trouble’s ahead Okay, so fix it, just put it to bed. ach department phone Hours later, things changed. …

T.G.F.F.

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

T.G.F.F. Thank Goodness For Family. I sure do love mine. My hysterectomy is done – the surgery went well and I’m healing slowly but nicely. After two nights in the hospital, it was over. It was time to go…. ….to my parents’ house. Remember last month, all my frets and fears leading up to my surgery? Mainly, my worries about …

Post Surgery Worries

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

Waiting, Wondering and Worrying Okay, I confess. I’m scared. Nervous. A wee bit apprehensive. About my upcoming hysterectomy, that is. By the time you’re reading this, I’m sure I’ll be home from the hospital, lounging on my couch, allowing the world to pass by in front of me as I rest and recover from the ordeal. But right now – …

Reflections

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

Throughout my whole life people have told me about myself. They say things like, “You’re so strong.” “You’re so brave.” “You’ve got an amazing attitude.” And they often want to know, “How do you do it?” “Do what?” I want to ask. “What do you mean, I’m strong and brave? So – I generally have a good attitude. Isn’t that …

Taking Advantage of Life

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

This month’s theme at Audacity is “Taking Advantage”. I wasn’t sure what I had to say on the subject, so I kept putting off my article. Then, one day, I wrote a particular post on my blog based off the theme of “Life” for the website Mama Says Om. I liked the way it came out. Others did too. And …

First Vacation for Spina Bifida Mom Since Baby

In Dis Abled Mom, Family by Amy Blanchard0 Comments

Ella is fast approaching her 4th birthday. She’s growing up. No longer can I pretend that she’s a toddler – she’s definitely a little girl. She’s more independent than ever and I have considerably less worries regarding the physical activity of taking care of her. Ella is able to help me a lot more than she used to, which is …