I’m Kerri the mom of two great girls, Abby and Bridget. I am also the inept trainer of a very sweet but foolish golden retriever and wife to the funniest man I have ever met. I also just let Abby get a bunny, so I might be in need of some medical attention.
I started blogging in 2012. I remember my first post, not sure what I was doing or why, other than a need to connect with other parents in my situation.
I knew Bridget was “special” but wasn’t yet comfortable with her being “special needs”. I felt alone, so alone, that my friends didn’t understand. After three years of navigating the world of the Undiagnosed (yes, I made up a word way back in 2012) I felt like I had something to add to the discussion and created Undiagnosed but Okay.
I had no idea how this little blog that I kept private for almost a year would evolve. Once I went public, once I let family and friends sneak a peak into our lives I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. If I hadn’t started this blog, a stranger would never have contacted me with a a physician’s name and an answer to Bridgetitis. It continues to amaze me, how many people understand how difficult it is to have a disabled child, an autistic child, a child with issues and a child whose smile lights up the room. Of how tremendous my village is in supporting every one of us.
Since that first blog post, this medium has evolved. When I began I thought it would center on Bridget, on living with a child who kept us, and the medical establishment, guessing. Like all things, the blog grew to include our family. Most of us are more than one thing. Working mom, wife, therapist, head toilet cleaner. Life is large, to try to focus on just one aspect is beyond my ability.
This blog contains, sisterly love that defies any of my dreams.
To include the My Challenge series where real people shared their struggle. At first glance, some feel mundane (shopping for shoes) while others overwhelming (dealing with postpartum depression). In the end, all of our challenges seems less when they are shared. The shopping for shoes? Is a young woman who has cerebral palsy and the terror that shoe shopping induces.
I write about life. The laughs and the tears. Regular visitors will tell you that as often as I make your cry, I make you snort whatever beverage you are drinking. Undiagnosed but okay…started as a blog about raising a child with special needs. Like life, it evolved to be about family and how we navigate a life we just never expected. Life rarely ends up where you planned.
The most important thing this blog has taught me is having a village what you need to get through any life.
I hope you find your village here, I know I did.