Battling Another Roadblock to Weight Loss: Prescription Medication

So apparently there’s been another factor in my increasing waistline that I didn’t even realize until this week… My prescription medication. Depression itself is a huge factor in my appetite and eating habits, but apparently my antidepressant of choice is, too. It turns out that Effexor XR (venlafaxine hydrochloride) has a side effect of weight […]

Saratoga Mom Talks to Variety about Medical Conditions in the Media

A few months ago, I waxed emotional about the TV show Parenthood and its handling of Max’s Asperger Syndrome. Turns out I’m not the only one paying attention, because Variety decided to address how viewers respond when the media tackles serious health issues. The coolest part of reading their article? Seeing “Renee Helie Wheelock, a […]

Video: Depression Really Does Hurt

I recorded this video earlier this afternoon. It may be hard to watch, especially if you struggle with depression and you have triggers concerning grief and loss. I really tried to keep this at three minutes, as is the golden rule of online attention spans. But as I am in the middle of an actual […]

Special Needs Support in Tech Valley, New York

As any special needs parent knows, having a proper support system is so important. It’s not just about emotional support, either. Sometimes you need financial support or practical support like respite services. I’m compiling a list of special needs support available in Tech Valley, New York – which is also known as the Capital District […]

Watching Parenthood Makes Me Cry

This was originally posted a few months ago elsewhere. I wanted to repost it here for a wider audience. Anything related to time is no longer accurate. It’s Tuesday, which means that Parenthood is on tonight. The last two episodes have made me cry. The drama may seem overblown to some people, but for me […]

10 Things to Say When Someone is Rude to Your Special Needs Child

It happens…and you dread it. You don’t want your special needs child to ever feel ashamed of what he or she is, but there’s always a rude stranger who either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about your kid’s challenges. Here are 10 things you can say to deflect rude comments. Tags: rude, special needs

How to Avoid Fighting as Special Needs Parents

I’m going to come right out and say that Tom and I had a blowup fight last night. There was crying and yelling, and I even left the house so I could sit in my car at the park and scream where no one would hear me. And it all started because TJ asked me […]

BlogHer ’10 – Blogging Autism: Shattering Myths, Opening Eyes, and Finding Your Tribe

Here at the personal blogging panel – Blogging Autism: Shattering Myths, Opening Eyes, and Finding Your Tribe with Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Shark-Fu, Stimey, and Carol Greenburg. Sharon deVanport was supposed to speak, but she is in the hospital with bleeding ulcers, and Carol agreed to take her place at the last minute. How blogging […]

2010 ME/CFS Awareness Day

I wanted to post something in-depth about ME/CFS Awareness Day. Something with informative links to CFS research, resources, and charities. Then I thought maybe I could do a video about CFS. But the truth of the matter is, I just don’t have the energy. (I suppose you could check out what I wrote last year […]

Acrostic Poem – Asperger Syndrome

Today is Autism Awareness Day. Asperger Syndrome is on the autism spectrum. TJ has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, and I remain undiagnosed… So I wrote a simple acrostic poem – more a collection of adjectives, really – that describes Asperger Syndrome the way I’ve experienced it, both directly and indirectly: Tags: Asperger Syndrome, poem