Every now and again I get an email or a message from people I know and even from strangers telling me they’ve followed Nicky for X years and follow this blog and offer me  kind and compassionate words and I do not know why, but I am always surprised. Shocked even. It’s really nice to know people do listen. People do care. While I started this blog as self-therapy, most of the time I don’t think anyone will read it.Read More →

Halloween 1999 – Nicky was almost 3 years old when I took him to the mall to trick-or treat. I always looked for soft costumes and this one of “Po” of the Teletubbies totally fit the bill! At the time we lived in Arizona. How cute is my little one? More of Nicky’s story in the book… Thank you so much for your support!! http://butterflychildamothersjourney.com Love & Light,   Post Views: 521 CommentsRead More →

  As I was changing Nicky’s bandages last night I noticed how much better his wound mass is compared to just a few years ago. The cream (from the Stanford trial) and other things I’ve been adding to the various previous creams I used for the past few years have truly made a difference.  Our motto has been and always is “no wounds” and that’s why I over-pad areas prone to itching to make sure his skin can heal orRead More →

Even with all this evidence on how much my wrapping is working, they are STILL telling me I wrap Nicky too much. I swear, it will never end. Isn’t prevention key? My job is to keep my head above water for Nicky’s sake, which can be an unsurmountable task at times.  God can and will give you more than you can handle, it’s up to us to decide what can wait and what cannot. Last night I came THIS CLOSERead More →

There was a time in my life where everything offended me. The worse of those times I recounted in my book, Butterfly Child. It was during Nicky’s second Christmas in 1997 and I was at my lowest low, the lowest point in my life. The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5: This was without a doubt the worst time of my life and all the heartache was taking its toll deep in my core. This time I was notRead More →

Nowadays, everytime I turn around, I hear something on the news on how the life of my child, once again, is an afterthought. The latest one is how the new tax plan passed unanimously by the GOP until the last minute didn’t have the ability to deduct medical expenses. Maybe, for most people, being able to deduct medical expenses is not an issue whatsoever, but I am glad that pressure from the disability community got them to open their eyes.Read More →

August 1998 – When we spent several months in Italy in 1998 so that my parents could help me take care of Nicky, I had the opportunity to have my little guy spend quality time with my Nonna Rina, which is Nicky’s great-grandma (BisNonna). We would go visit her often and she would always ask for kisses. It was so sweet. I miss her dearly, but I know she had a long life, passing away only a couple of monthsRead More →

As parents, we always want to encourage our children to be able to stand up for themselves. Anytime I feel I may not be doing a good job at this considering how much I advocate for my Nicky, all I have to do is look at my healthy son, now 14 years old. He ROCKS! He’s totally willing and able to stand up for himself. He often asks me how to deal with so-and-so and comes home from school tellingRead More →