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Peanut allergies: a thing of the past?

With the price of EpiPens reaching criminal heights, one N.C. scientist says we're one step closer to a world without peanut allergiesA..

September 29, 2016

A Taste of the “Typical”: Raising Children with Special Needs

By Kelly HaferWe did something tonight that I never expected my family to do again. Something so special – and yet so heartbreakingly..

December 18, 2013 with 0 Comments

When the Other Shoe Drops: Raising Children with Special Needs

By Kelly HaferThe other shoe has dropped; it always does. I’ve written for the past month or so about the incredible improvements in..

December 11, 2013 with 1 Comment

The Gift He’ll Miss Most: What It Means to Have a Special Needs Child in the Military

By Kelly HaferWhen you are married to a service member, you quickly become accustomed to the fact that he (or she) will miss many moments..

December 4, 2013 with 0 Comments

A Tale of Two Babies

By Kelly HaferOur baby girl, Gracie, is 8 months old today. She is the embodiment of perfection, Grace personified. Our youngest son, AJ,..

November 20, 2013 with 1 Comment

Thankful for Autism?

By Kelly HaferBoy, that’s something I never thought I’d say. For years, I’ve railed against the neurological conditions..

November 13, 2013 with 0 Comments

How Far We’ve Come

By Kelly HaferThis past weekend my children – all my children – and I participated in a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k. It..

November 6, 2013 with 0 Comments

Words That Squeeze the (Special Needs) Parents’ Soul

By Kelly HaferThere are very few words that are more frightening to me than “the Holiday Season is right around the corner.”..

October 30, 2013 with 0 Comments

Why I Haven’t Stopped Looking

By Kelly HaferLast week I shared my journey to find the right pharmaceutical cocktail for my autistic son. I also expressed doubt as to..

October 16, 2013 with 1 Comment

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Stop

By Kelly HaferAnother week down, and it’s time for me to refill the kids’ pill organizers. As I dispense med after med into my..

October 9, 2013 with 3 Comments