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Childfree by choice

March22

Donna aged 0.2 mths My husband Chris and I are one of those couples people look at and get all ‘awww’ and ‘schucks’ and ‘you guys are just so cute’ about. And we are ‘old marrieds’, best pals, lovers, comrades, people who have shared a long 15 year journey together and just damned compatible and different enough to both glue us together and keep us being each our own person. So why didn’t we have kids? We were both childfree by choice – Dinks in urban slang today. But what were the nuts and bolts of that choice? Were his reasons for this choice the same as mine? And how did us being a childfree couple start out? Were we always this way, before we met, even since our teens, since our childhoods? Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting IS with Social Media

March12

268E394600000578-2990918-Jake_Bilardi_in_a_school_photo_from_Year_10_the_year_he_converte-m-14_1426133727138 Quite simply any pouty depressed or pity-partying teen with a narcissistic/megalomanic streak and looking for a cause is a potentially eager tool ripe for the picking as another IS pawn. Read the rest of this entry »

Life with an Acquired Central Hypoventilation Syndrome

March7

Donna Williams central apnea
Central hypoventilation means your brain keeps forgetting to keep you breathing. See, we have this thing called a ‘respiratory drive’ and this makes us keep breathing. This is why we don’t easily ‘just die’, because there are two things keep us alive; a beating heart and a respiratory drive. If either of those fail partially then we will have problems. We might look pale, even greyish or have episodes of even moving from grey to blue. We might find ourselves dizzy with problems with circulation to our brain, our hands, our feet, the color having ‘drained from our face’. We may seem ‘out of it’, have ongoing ‘fuzzy headedness’ or ‘brain fog’ from poor blood oxygen levels, or information processing or developmental problems that present as learning difficulties, developmental disability and then associated behavioural challenges. Read the rest of this entry »

Autism figures exaggerated

February26

circus hoops by Donna Williams “30 per cent of children with an autism diagnosis at age two no longer fit the criteria at age four.”

“early identification of autism results in a more favourable outcome, the problem is children in their toddler years, especially boys, can exhibit behaviours that can mimic those of an autistic child.”

““This isn’t a case of over-diagnosis,” she says, ignoring Gnaulati’s argument that health professionals aren’t properly trained to differentiate real autistic behaviour from normal toddler behaviour.”

““Many children, when they’re being assessed by a professional, especially in the younger years, shut down and behave strangely. ”

http://ottawacitizen.com/…/rises-in-autism-and-adhd… Read the rest of this entry »

Autism and Munchausen By Proxy

February23

Donna Williams aged 4 Do you think Munchausen by Proxy is not real? Or that it could not possibly effect a carer with an autistic child? Read the rest of this entry »

Einstein never failed maths, never failed school

February21

Science - Physics - Albert Einstein Einstein actually NEVER FAILED MATHS and NEVER FAILED SCHOOL . Right handed Einstein was also probably not an exceptional visual thinker. His exceptional maths skills from before age 15 and strong ability to acquire foreign languages, indicate he was predominantly a mathematical and verbal thinker. Read the rest of this entry »

Artwork of the Month – Feb 2015 “Emergence”

February18

Emergence by Donna Williams This month’s artwork is titled ‘Emergence’. Read the rest of this entry »

Surviving Munchausen By Proxy and Suffocation Abuse

February16

donna aged 20 months
SOME STATISTICS
Suffocation abuse is perpetrated by carers with Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (previously called Munchausen’s Syndrome By Proxy, or MSBP), 76%-98% of whom are the mothers of those they abuse. “In a survey of 51 clinics treating infant apnea, 54 of 20,090 children (0.27% or 1 in 200 of these children) had been subjected to MSBP”. Read the rest of this entry »

Falling Asleep In the Bath – with Ondine’s Curse

February10

Donna Williams Relaxing Bath with Ondine's Curse Most people love a big relaxing candlelit bath. Put your head back under the water and give your ears a good soak. Maybe even have a snooze. Well, its not so straightforward with the hypoventilation disorder of Ondine’s Curse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Donna Williams’ Art Students – 2015

February4

PC032273 copy I have been an art teacher since August 2013. This page is dedicated to giving the art work of some of my students some exposure as artists. Read the rest of this entry »

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