Neurological and Developmental Disorders: Every Single Day with Love, Strength and Compassion

Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

I recently corresponded with Charlene Roth about her experiences with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.  Charlene wrote, “Every day with Tommy and Lily is an adventure filled with unique challenges and heartwarming moments. Tommy, with his autism, sees the world through a different lens, and Lily’s sensory processing disorder means even the smallest stimuli can be overwhelming for her.  As their mom, I’ve learned to navigate their needs with patience, creativity, and unwavering love.”  Continue reading “Neurological and Developmental Disorders: Every Single Day with Love, Strength and Compassion”

Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship

Cancer – Remembering an Amazing Person

Former Chair of the Department of Music and College Organist at Newberry College in SC.

It did not take long after meeting and spending some time with Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs to realized what a truly talented, kind and amazing person she was.  Between the years of 2000 through 2010, I had the opportunity and privilege to work with her on several occasions through my “day job”.

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Time Stand Still – Neil Peart 1952 – 2020

Not Looking Back But I Want To Look Around Me Now

You were gone
From all the lives
You left your mark upon
(Afterimage, 1984)

Cancer recently took an amazing person and my favorite drummer, Neil Peart.  Cancer dose not discriminate; it can affect us all.  I’m thankful for the people who have devoted their lives to make progress and further our understanding of this horrible disease.  I am also thankful for the people who are in the trenches right now, working to make a difference and to peruse new treatments and therapies.  I urge everyone to join in the fight against cancer, in any way you choose. Continue reading “Time Stand Still – Neil Peart 1952 – 2020”

Alzheimer’s Caregiving and Costs

Help With Planning for the Financial Impacts of Dementia

When a spouse, parent or other family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia, it can be a challenge.  I feel there are two unavoidable realities that families will have to face.  First, there are the challenges of being a caregiver.  Secondly, families need to plan for and deal with the costs of care.

As if the symptoms of dementia are not enough to have to deal with, other concerns begin to come into focus.  Families must navigate the new challenges of providing the kind of care necessary for someone with dementia.  Moreover, families also have to try to figure out how to pay for the often, long-term care expenses.

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Sleepless Night, my First Poem – Author’s Comments

Sleepless nights.  Been there, done that.  Not the occasional, normal restlessness that everyone experiences from time to time.  Rather, the relentlessly occurring sleepless nights that can go on for weeks, months and even years.  Grief, anxiety and depression, among other things, all sought to live and grow at my expense.  The circumstances surrounding these unwelcome emotions are personal and subjective, yet very real.

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Multiple Autoimmune Diseases – My Second Autoimmune Disease

It’s December, and as this year approaches and end, I extend warm wishes to you.  Also, I wanted to write a brief post about multiple autoimmune diseases.  I was recently diagnosed with my second autoimmune disease and I am very interested to learn more about how this occurs.  I will share my experience and some links concerning the occurrence of multiple autoimmune diseases.

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Cancer and Hope

A Personal Journey

A diagnosis of cancer may feel like waking up on a dangerous, inhospitable island and discovering that you are completely alone.  Alone, that is, except for the very hungry predators that peruse you.  Whether the diagnosis is yours or someone you love, the questions, anxiety and struggle may become overwhelming.

To me, cancer is a very insidious disease.  It often grows quietly in the background spreading its damage.  It is only when symptoms finally emerge, sometimes very baffling symptoms, that we become aware of a very unwelcome revelation.  Cancer. Continue reading “Cancer and Hope”