THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: In pursuit of a child’s potential: a parent’s reflections on hope and futility

By Guest Blogger Jennifer JohannesenParents with young children with severe neurodevelopmental disabilities are extraordinarily committed to helping them achieve as much as they can, despite the significant odds against them. I was one of those parents until I started to question why we were working so hard, to achieve so little, at such tremendous cost. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Parents of Kids With Disabilities Don’t Get Sick, Right?

This morning, there is a medical appointment in my diary.  It’s not a specialist clinic for our son Nicholas; it’s for me.  I’m going to review my spinal xrays with our GP.  I’ve abused my spine by lifting Nicholas throughout his life and Natalie when she was small. Now, I have degenerative disc disease and ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My Guest Post on LOVE THAT MAX: 5 Secrets of Special Needs Parent Happiness

This is my guest post on the wonderful blog “LOVE THAT MAX” the inspiring and informative blog by Ellen Seidman.  I am so grateful to Ellen for hosting my family story of caregiving. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 5 secrets of special needs parent happiness This guest post is from Donna Thomson, author of the new book The ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Am I a Therapist or a Mom? Can I Be Good at Both?

Am I a therapist or am I a Mom?   How can I rate myself well in one role without failing at the other? In my continuing conversation with Jennifer Johannesen, author of “No Ordinary Boy”, I talk about trying to balance therapy and parenting roles.  I muse about how the expectations of therapists combined ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Regrets and Triumphs in Mothering a Complex Son: A Video Conversation

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down for a chat with my friend and colleague in disability activism, Jennifer Johannesen.  Jennifer is a blogger and the author of “No Ordinary Boy: The Life and Death of Owen Turney”, a riveting memoir of life with her son Owen whose medical challenges sadly, eventually claimed his ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: How the Grinch Got Christmas

A few weeks ago, Nicholas came home to help decorate our Christmas tree.  Nick is never that interested in the ‘girlie’ stuff of decorating, but he was only slightly grinch-like after I gave him a hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows to sip and put on Phil Spector’s “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”.  As we were hanging ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Sex and The Special Needs Parent

There’s something about caring for a child with disabilities that takes the “red” out of “hot” in the marital bed.  The arrival of a baby, healthy or not, can often put a damper on sex in the city.  I remember comparing notes with other young Mums when my kids were brand new – so much ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: New Blog Look and Book Review

Hi There! I’m working on making my blog better and easier to read.  I hope that anyone who likes a particular post will share it! Also, I got an exciting email today from Terri Mauro, another Mum and author of the special needs parents portal on About.com – I had sent her a copy of ...