Tina Szymczak

My sons high school graduation picture – he earned that diploma!

When I look at my son, when I watch him when he doesn’t know I am watching

I see friendly

kind

thoughtful

sensitive

inquisitive

smart

outgoing

creative

talkative

agile

For all these reasons and so many more

Take the time to get to know my son, who will always be my boy even though he is a man.

Do yourself a favour and speak to him a while . . . it will change your life like it has mine.

The fact that he has Autism, Bipolar Disorder or an Intellectual Disability does not define him.

Diagnosis do not define him – these qualities listed here and many more – those help define him.

Take the time to get to know my son for who he is.

 

Happy Autism Awareness Day. Happy Everybody Matters Day.

 

April 2, 2018

An Awareness Day

When I look at my son, when I watch him when he doesn’t know I am watching I see friendly kind thoughtful sensitive inquisitive smart outgoing creative talkative agile For all these reasons and so many more Take the time to get to know my son, who will always be my boy even though he is a man. Do yourself a favour and speak to him a while . . . it will change your life like it has mine. The fact that he has Autism, Bipolar Disorder or an Intellectual Disability does not define him. Diagnosis do not define him – these qualities listed here and many more – those help define him. Take the time to get to know my son for […]
March 27, 2018

Eating Healthy with Chefs Plate

A few weeks ago I decided to try adulting and made a decision to sign up for a meal delivery program. Friends of ours had ordered through Chefs Plate so that’s the one I went with. They had a special that made the first order 50% off and you can skip a week or cancel at any time. We are really frugal with our money (we have a couch in the basement that has had a large hole in it for 10 years). But I wanted to mix things up at home. The first week I eagerly awaited our first order and was happy to return home to it sitting in my kitchen. The box is insulated and has ice […]
March 16, 2018

A New Normal

So where have I been the last 6 months? Good question . . . mostly at home, lol.  In September I took an online course in an attempt to gain entrance to the Master’s of Social Work program at Waterloo. The class was the last of 2 classes I needed before applying. Of course I left the two classes I didn’t want to take until the end. It was about Social Research and I just sucked at it.  It was a lot of statistical information (which I have never done well with) and concepts that I just could not get to stick in my head.  Aside from Anthropology in first semester of my first year as an undergraduate – this […]
September 3, 2017

Impossible Things

Imagine you have a job that requires you to do increasingly harder tasks each day that you go there. Let’s say you are working a desk job but every day you are expected to do 50 sit ups. You haven’t done a sit up in years and you have a bad back from a previous injury. But everyone is required to do it so you give it a try and you maybe get in 2 or 3 before you give up. Your boss critiques your performance and gives you a Level 1 – the worst level there is. He also decides that because you can’t do sit ups you probably can’t do a lot of other activities the job entails. […]
August 21, 2017

Parenting Lessons You Need to Learn From my Childhood Sexual Abuse

My newest post over at Her View From Home. Please share!!! http://herviewfromhome.com/parenting-lessons-you-need-to-learn-from-my-child-sexual-abuse-experience/ Parenting Lessons You Need to Learn from My Child Sexual Abuse Experience  
August 8, 2017

When I Knew I Needed Help For My Depression

“Why does your mouth smile but your eyes are sad?” asked my seven year old son as he looked into my eyes. I was so taken a back that I did not have a response before, in true seven year old fashion, he ran off to a new adventure. Me, I sat there, contemplating what he had said. I had thought I was doing a good job hiding my sadness. There were days that I felt myself going under but I fought hard to keep my head above water. The sadness was, at times, a dull ache that would not go away. At other times it came in large waves, knocking me over and incapacitating me until I found a […]