Hi, I’m Gina, owner of Mom-Blog. I’ve been blogging since 2002 (yes, that’s correct) and I’m excited when I think about helping other moms who raise kids with special needs and disabilities, just like I do. We are a breed apart, and we deserve a little attention, so we can go about the really important job of helping our kids have a good life – and helping others to accept, respect, and love them too.
Why blog about being a special needs mom? Because the world needs to know that we are here, we are strong, and we are a force for good.
Why? Because we want to inform the world to treat our children and all people with special needs and disabilities with dignity, respect, and honor.
Why? Because it’s important for people to know that people with special needs are valuable, useful, productive, and beautiful, and can be amazing people.
Why? Because a diverse planet is a beautiful planet.
Why? Because diversity, tolerance, and acceptance engenders love, respect and harmony. (Thanks to Justine Musk, for prompting me to explore “the five whys”. Try it yourself.)
OTHER STUFF ABOUT ME: I’m a late-in-life mom, future novelist, copywriter, professional blogger, brand ambassador, work at home mom, and happily married to The Most Supportive Husband in the Whole World. When I was 33, I had a stroke caused by a rare genetic mutation, and “miraculously” recovered 100% in less than 6 months.
FAMILY: Two outstandingly beautiful girls, my awesome hubby, and one gender/species-confused cat and yes, we speak disability…but mostly we speak ABILITY!
FOOD AND NATURE: Our family is striving to become more whole food- and eco-friendly every day. We are on the gluten-free, casein-free diet and we are starting to take supplements. Our approach to life is more non-toxic every day, as we discard processed foods and work towards eating more truly organic foods.
INFLUENTIAL BLOGGERS: I just about love everything that Leah Segedie does at Mamavation, as well as Elisa Batista of MomsRising, and the ladies at the The Thinking Mom’s Revolution have changed my life!
MISSION: To help, encourage, inspire and commiserate with other parents, especially if they are raising special needs children. To work with brands that resonate with special needs parents and with the following:
- gluten-free, casein-free
- celiac friendly
- biomedical and homeopathic healing for behaviors
- Down syndrome / Mosaic Down syndrome
- raising girls
- learning disabilities
- sensory processing disorder
LOCATION: After 37 years of life in New York City, I did the scariest thing in the world and moved to the Poconos, PA, where I think the sun hides 14 hours a day. I lived in the Poconos for a bit where my family resides, but now I’m south of Allentown and north of Philly and I LOVE it here.
HOBBIES: My favorite hobby is reading and my 2nd favorite hobby is reading too. I love too many books to name them all, but I’m a fussy reader. Literary fiction is my favorite, but nonfiction can be very good and a good Neil Gaiman always makes me happy.
PHILOSOPHY: I am that rare breed of semi-liberal Christian. Love, peace, nonviolence, and “don’t panic” are my mottos.
BOOKS: Too many favorites to count! Anything by Jane Austen, “Middlemarch”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Time Traveler’s Wife”, “House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”, the “Soulless” series, “Watermark”, “People of the Book”, “The Crimson Petal and the White”
POLITICS: I’m a patriot and a liberal. People who don’t vote piss me off, but since this includes just about everyone I love, I forgive them…AFTER election day.
That’s all I can think of so far. What about you??