What made you decide to start a blog?
Looking back my path to blogging began about 18 months before my first entry. I lost my job, unexpectedly. In fact that is vast understatement! I didn’t just lose a job, I lost my identity. Everything I thought I knew about myself was wrapped up in that PR persona. When the franchise owners’ that I worked for, for 15 years, decided to pull up stakes and run and the new business owners’ weren’t interested in my services I found myself without a paycheck, without a severance package and completely lost as to where I should go from there. I drifted aimlessly for almost a year—not finding the right work.
Blogging became very cathartic for me. I’m not joking when I say that it keeps me sane. That year was one of the lowest moments in my life. My marriage took a hit, my self esteem was in the toilet, my daughter was diagnosed with Autism and I had no idea what I was going to do about any of it.
I decided that I would re-invent myself! I was going to follow a dream I had always had but had never followed through. I was going to write the next great American novel. The only problem is that not only hadn’t I read anything more advanced than “See Jane run” in the past three years, after a year spent doing little more than wiping noses and butts, I was lucky if I could even carry on a conversation that didn’t include diapers, Rota-viruses, or Dora. There was no way I was ready to dive into a 1000 page tome! Blogging seemed an easy way to break the ice, so to speak.
How did Myriam adjust to being a big sister to Logan and Porter?
I think the better question is how did we adjust going from a family with a 13 month old to a family with a 13 month old and two newborns? You know, I’ve noticed that as my children get older the sympathy that we used to get when I mentioned we had three children under the age of two has waned. I think everyone just assumes that by now you have it all together. Whew! If they only knew!
Actually, it was that point—around the time the boys were born that the
Autism presented itself. At the time we were so sleep deprived and busy we didn’t see it, but looking back I can almost pinpoint the day when the Autism veil fully fell into place.
Myriam was recently diagnosed Autistic, how has thing changed your life?
That’s kind of a funny question because the actual diagnosis didn’t change anything. We had been living with an autistic child the whole time; it just gave a name to our state of being.
The only thing that has changed is that we have a lot more doctors’ appointments, I read a lot more books and I do a lot more praying!
What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family?
We are a family on the look out for an adventure, a cheap adventure—preferably free. One of our favorite activities is geo-caching. All you need is GPS and some coordinates and the treasure hunt, as my kids call it, is on!
What’s your favorite post you’ve written? How did the post come about?
What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?
I don’t really have any questions so much as a comment. I know everyone’s journey and story is different but there are good people and resources out there. For those that have new babies and for those who are pros, remember even when it feels like you are alone; you’re not! We’re all in this together; and no one is going to make it out alive so you might as well laugh about it now! Peace out and God bless!
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