Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sensory Awareness Month Book Giveaway ~ Week 2: Not Just Spirited (AND Week 1 Winner!)

Welcome back to our month-long celebration of raising awareness for SPD and other sensory issues through books! Last week our focus was on my children's picture book, I'm Not Weird, I Have SPD. And I am so excited to announce that our winner of a signed copy of the book is....

JEN! Congratulations, Jen. I'll be contacting you shortly for your shipping information so we can get this out to you. Thank you to everyone else who entered. You still have a few chances left to win a book.

For week two, we will be shining the spotlight on my award-winning memoir, Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With SPD. This book is all about the first five years of Jaimie's life, and our journey in fighting to get her the right diagnosis and therapy for her. There are many families out there who struggle with similar struggles, not knowing where to turn and often getting incorrect or inaccurate information. It is my hope that our story can help validate what 'sensational' caregivers are going through and inspire them to keep moving forward.

This book was written from journal notes I made from shortly after Jaimie was born. I knew in the hospital that something was very wrong. But being a first, and new, mom I often felt my concerns weren't listened to. I was just being over-protective or seeing things that weren't there. But as Jaimie grew up, her struggles did too until they completely took over. She wasn't able to handle any aspect of her world, and the longer we went on without knowing how to help her, the further she slipped into herself.

She refused to speak, she wouldn't let us touch her in any way, she couldn't stand most types of clothing or being near people or places that were too loud/busy/smelly/bright/etc. And the worst part was knowing something was wrong with her but not having a clue how to help her. I couldn't even give her the usual kinds of comfort when she would be melting down (eg: kisses, hugs, cuddles, rubs) because my touch only escalated her reactions.

We did, in the end, figure out what was going on and how to help her. It will always pain me to know the torture she went through before I finally got people to listen to me. But seeing her today, I know she'll be okay. And it's come full circle because now she is educating others through her experiences.

This week, I will be talking all about this book and I hope you will join me. If you'd like to enter to win an autographed copy of this book, you'll need to comment on this post. I'll be making other posts this week but you need to comment here to be entered in the giveaway. I will draw and announce a winner next Monday (October 15) when we introduce the next book.

Good luck and we'll see you again tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to me that you have/had the presence of mind to journal things. When my son was 6 weeks old and I was walking the floors (I am single so I had nobody to split duties with), all I could think about was sleep. I am looking forward to reading this book (it's on my Amazon wishlist!). Getting a diagnosis was such a roller coaster and from your description of your journey-I can see I am not the only one who had that problem! Keep up the good work!



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