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Update on Doug November 2013

I haven’t written in quite a while. Honestly it’s not because I have nothing to say, it’s just that I couldn’t remember my password and couldn’t figure out how to find it.   With the help of sweet hubby, Craig, … Continue reading

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God, Family, Friends, Cancer, Schizophrenia, and Facebook

Anytime I sit and talk with my sister in law Denise, our conversation is more than just idle chit chat. We always speak of deep and sometimes painful thoughts. Tonight was no exception, but tonight was one of our toughest … Continue reading

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A new chapter in Doug’s life.

My son, once again, has been evicted from yet another group home. Lake James was a great place for him, in that 98 percent of it’s residents suffered from mental illness, many were around Doug’s age, and most of them, … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays.

I think that no matter how old, we never quit learning.  Sometimes the things we find out about ourselves or about life hit us square in the face, unexpectedly.  I call these Ah-Ha moments. In the past month I have … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2011, thus far.

I’ve been a bit uptight lately, anticipating a week long Thanksgiving visit from Doug.  I journeyed Saturday to his group home up in Marion, N.C. My car has not been running well so I asked a friend if I could … Continue reading

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Voices inside Dougs head.

Doug has an odd way of thinking (to say the least) and sometimes it’s hard to figure out where he comes up with some of the things he says. I had planned on going to visit him one week-end in … Continue reading

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Happy 33rd Birthday

Doug’s 33rd birthday was Monday, July 18th.  As he does every year he began reminding me three months in an advance that he has a birthday coming up.  Every evening phone call since sometime in April has ended with , … Continue reading

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The Lighter Side

I suppose it’s the same with many families, that humor is used as a coping mechanism during unbearably sad times.  I’m only supposing this because I am not part of many families. Only my own. My father was the master … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

When I was young, perhaps around 12 or so, I remember riding in the car with mom and dad. Mom pointed out a house to dad and mentioned that the trial was over.  As I sat in the back seat … Continue reading

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No Free Lunch

After the bullies had moved out of our neighborhood it seemed that Doug’s life became a lot easier. He was enjoying the time he spent after school at the Boys and Girls Club. There was a young volunteer coach that … Continue reading

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