A Real Mom Story

Humbly sharing my journey through denial, grief, hope, uncertainty, and dedication in raising my “special” family.


My name is Lana, I am a physiotherapist in Ontario, Canada and am the proud mom of 2 little kids. I have a daughter who is 7 and a son who is 3 1/2 years old. My daughter is typically exceptional. She has excelled at everything that she has been exposed to in her short little life. My son is also exceptional, but in a different way. He has a rare genetic diagnosis that has caused a spectrum of challenges for my family and I. The reason I wanted to start this blog is because I know that I am not alone. I know that I am not alone in raising a special needs child while also managing to create a “normal” life for my daughter. I wanted to share my story to date as well as my journey ahead and hopefully provide some helpful tips along the way. I also hope that whoever is reading this blog may be able to help us in return by sharing things that they have found helpful. I am wanting to create a space that can be mutually beneficial, that can be a positive influence on the lives of people raising a “special” family like mine.

Entry Sixty Seven- It Has Been A While

Time sometimes just goes. I love writing my blog. It is one of the things I do that is just for me. And of course when life gets busy, the first thing most people do (or is it just a mom thing?) is that you stop doing things for yourself. I decided to write today…

Entry Sixty Six- One Line A Day

When my daughter was born I bought a book called, “One Line A Day.” It is a five year memory book and the intention of the book is to write one sentence daily. Every day for 5 years I wrote a sentence about my daughter. Things we did, funny things she said and all of…

Entry Sixty Five- Three

Happy Third Birthday Oscar! This time last year Oscar was pulling up to stand, standing independently at a horizontal surface and was working on transitioning between surfaces. I remember asking Oscar’s physiotherapist when she thought Oscar would be walking independently? She said that most kids who have difficulties with motor planning typically are not walking…