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Babysitting the bowel in Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome IV


Hanging in The Balance by Donna Williams My father died from bowel cancer in his late 50s. I survived breast cancer in my late 40s and of course this means I’m a reasonable candidate sooner or later for possible bowel cancer to give me a run for my money. As such I had to have a colonoscopy every year to ensure I kept this bogie man away. Read the rest of this entry »

Those 6 monthly oncology appointments


Contraption by Donna Williams I see the oncologist twice a year. My next appointment is coming up. The point of these 6 monthly oncology visits is to find breast cancer metastases early… Read the rest of this entry »

What if Australia’s offshore detention centres are actually a defence program?


Childen-in-detention Australia’s offshore ‘detention centres’ don’t make logical sense… Read the rest of this entry »

There’s nothing wrong with being an outsider


The Outsider by Donna Williams Outsiders… there’s those who ‘adhere’… the ‘in crowd’… there’s those who have always been on the peripheries, a satellite, never quite content with what it takes to be ‘the in crowd’,… too solitary, too vigilant, too sensing, too aware, too individual, too real, too deep, too caring, too daggy, too blunt, too raw, too far off the bell curve. Read the rest of this entry »

Low cost and no cost autism strategies


Hanging in The Balance by Donna Williams I’m about to start my second online autism series.
These are affordable interactive skype presentations which are open to people throughout Australia and beyond. All the strategies I talk about and demonstrate are low cost and no cost strategies. Read the rest of this entry »

Care about Syrian Refugees? Then Listen To Them


Survey4_v3_800 Care about refugees? Then listen to them. First survey shows Syrians are fleeing from Assad, not Isis. Nearly all want to go home. The results are crystal clear. Read the rest of this entry »

What do you really mean when you say “I love you” ?


Eden by Donna Williams “Love ya”… It’s a throw away line that anyone can perform. Anyone can say it but living it, that is different. If you use ‘I love you’ as a public advertisement, a facade, a flag wave, a smoke screen, a cop out, a throw away line, a crutch, a habit, a guilt trip, a filler, then saying it is not ‘better than nothing. In fact, even the silence may be more honest, more honoring, more respectful. Read the rest of this entry »

When a parent has Reactive Attachment Disorder


Donna Williams' mother pregnant with her in 1963

This is a picture of me in mid 1963 BEFORE I WAS BORN… I’m the lump, probably around 6-7 months cooked. My mother would have been 19 in this pic. I suspect my father’s brother, my uncle, took the pic as he had the slide and I’d never seen it until this week. Finally, a baby picture of me with my mother. Read the rest of this entry »

Autism friendly birthday parties?


Family by Donna Williams

Family by Donna Williams

Got a child, teen or adult on the autism spectrum who has had a birthday party where you bought everything, sent out invites, even waited hopefully for people to arrive, but nobody showed up? Here’s some alternatives: Read the rest of this entry »

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