Advertisement

Articles in Exceptional Lives, Mandy Cowley, Nicole Green, Cristian Hardy, Kirsten Raby, Turn the Page, Ellen Mecholsky, May Guides and Holidays

Different, Not Less: A Mother’s Advocacy for Her Son with Autism

on

A diagnosis of autism can turn a family upside down, and that was the case for William Spiller IV when he was diagnosed at age two. Because he didn’t speak or respond, doctors first thought his hearing was the problem, but an auditory brainstem respo... Read full article

Valentine’s Day: The Holiday I Love to Hate

by Amy Delaney on

When ranking the best holidays, Valentine’s Day has always been near the very bottom for me. My love/hate relationship with this lovely holiday began way back in high school. I was never the girl with lots of admirers, so I remember the flowers, cand... Read full article

Filling Hearts with Kindness, Starting with Her Own

on

Kindness is the keyword for eight-year-old Tiva Thyssen, and she’s involved in several efforts to spread it. Specifically, since losing her older brother Traeh to suicide in 2019, Tiva works to bring awareness to and prevent bullying and suicide... Read full article

This is ME

on

Meet this Exceptional Life. ... Read full article

Unspeakably Brave

on

Meet this Exceptional Life. ... Read full article



The Motivation Struggle

on

I think back on my own life and all of the things I thought I wanted to do…and you know what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So, how in the world do I motivate my kid to stick to something when I’m not sure I can do that for myself?... Read full article

A Life Worth Following

on

I cannot hope my children will be unconditionally loving parents without loving them unconditionally. I cannot hope my children will be authentic in their relationships while pretending in my own.... Read full article

The Remembering: Reflections on My Pregnancy Loss

by Ellen Mecholsky on

It starts the first week of December, the remembering. I had felt her move for the first time in the car driving home from a Thanksgiving trip to Florida, which is why I suspect my anniversary grief stress begins so early. I subsequently gave birth t... Read full article

Finished, But Not Done (Making the Decision to Complete Our Family)

by Ellen Mecholsky on

As parents, we all ask each other similar questions about parenthood: “How is your baby sleeping? How do you handle tantrums? Are you getting your kid a cell phone?” But the question I get most often these days, as a mother of three children who are ... Read full article

My Life: After Attempting Suicide

on

Emma Benoit is ascending. The 19 year old graduated from Dutchtown High School in 2018, but the summer before her senior year was when her life changed forever. ... Read full article

Newsletter