[Image description: a colorful assortment of pills fill a counter] Given the amount of pain medication we consume on an average annual basis (Americans received more than 300 million pain prescriptions in 2015 alone - not including over the counter usage) it's very quickly obvious that we in North America have a pain problem. In… Continue reading Why We Need to Rethink Our Relationship With Pain
This was me, completely stuck in the slush yesterday. It wasn't "that much" so I thought I would be fine. Until I wasn't. I thought my power chair had enough oomph for the job. Until it didn't. There was nobody with me, so I don't have the option of showing you the "big picture". But… Continue reading Stuck
Do you ever feel backed into a corner in an argument? Or forced to choose sides between polarizing forces? Perhaps in your intimate partner or family relationships? Perhaps in our wider, increasingly divisive social sphere? One of the biggest relationship-savers that Trevor and I have discovered over the last few years is to recognize when… Continue reading A ‘Third Way’
We've been looking at used accessible vans this weekend. So far, not good. We don't have a lot for this purchase, because the #accessiblehouse is taking all of our pennies and then some this year. Now don't get me wrong. The vans look pretty on the top and seem to run like a champ, but you get… Continue reading In Trouble
This is our main street in Barrie right now. If you had driven down it a few months ago, you never would have noticed there was a problem. It wasn't terribly bumpy. There weren't any potholes or sinkholes or anything else to give it away. But the pipes deep underground were getting old. People with… Continue reading Doing the ‘Big Dig’ On Life
Part of finding healthy ways to live for us has been learning strategies and techniques for dealing well with the stress. But no matter how good a toolkit you have, it's only as good as your ability to access it when life gets stressful!
Welcome to a fantastic journey - one you never asked for, signed up for or (probably) trained for. As much as it feels that your world has come crashing down around you, or that you can't possibly handle this, the truth is more complicated than that. The truth is that there will be high's and lo's to this journey that you may only be able to appreciate down the road. The truth is also that you already have the one key ingredient for success: you love your child.