THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregivers Are Not (Usually) Abusers!

Caregivers of very vulnerable loved ones who have extremely high needs are at high risk to being accused of abuse.  I know, because it happened to me.  And there are many other loving and responsible parents of children with severe disabilities who report similar scenarios.  In 2005, my son Nicholas had uncontrolled pain as a ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Learning from Tragedy

I had to dry my tears and compose myself before beginning this post.   It was a book that had made me cry – “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman. This is a story about a Laotian family of refugees in California whose daughter, Lia, had severe epilepsy and developmental ...