Saturday, May 24, 2008

Formally introducing myself

Hi everyone. I thought I would pop in and make a post to formally introduce myself. My name is PeggyS. I live in NE Oregon (transplanted from Upstate NY). My "real" job (the one that pays the bills) was as an autism paraeducator and more recently as a title one paraeducator with the local school system. When we lived in NY I helped open and run one of the first dual diagnosis (psychiatric diagnosis combined with a developmental disorder) in the state. I also teach scrapbooking and stamping and I am an independent consultant with Close to My Heart. The layout I chose to share is one of I did as a CTMH demo using a favorite photo of my 3 youngest chidren.

I am mom to 4 miracles. My oldest is Ashleigh (18 and living on her own so not in the layout). Ashleigh has a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis. The main issue with her disorder is fibroid tumors that grow and move and attach themselves to nerve endings and cause a great deal of pain. She also has a pretty significant secondary scoliosis and adhesions on her eyes. There is no cure..... all we can do is manage her symptoms as best we can. Amanda is 13. She is a TAG student and most definitely my "glass is half full" gal. Joshua and Jeremy are 9. They are genetically identical but don't look anything alike. We think it may have something to do with Jeremy's autism. Thanks to my training and early interventions for him he has come a long way socially and behaviorally but still deals with many food texture issues and he is much smaller than his brother.
So, as you can see, the scrapping 4 inclusion program touches issues near and dear to my heart and I am honored to be a part of it and help with it in any way that I can.


Shirley said...

Welcome, Peggy! I look forward to blogging with you and getting to know you along the way! :D

texaskris said...

Nice blog Peggy! I am looking forward to being blog buddies too! This is going to be tons of fun.


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