A typical, not-so-typical life.

A few years ago I would’ve said that I’m a mom to two, married, and do some part-time research work at [insert place of employment of the day here]. You know, living your typical, ordinary suburban life. …


Hearing a diagnosis of cancer will forever alter your future. But what happens initially?

Shortly after my daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, at just 7 months old, life became a whirlwind. This shouldn’t have been surprising. But, yet, it was.

Before; before I heard the words, “Your daughter has a brain tumor,” I was a caring, thoughtful individual. I was sympathetic…


I’m approaching that time of year: the one-year anniversary of my daughter’s death. What a strange way to refer to the date that my daughter stopped taking breaths here on Earth. Anniversary. Doesn’t that connotate a happy day to which you should celebrate? …


How the seemingly weakest are the most heroic

She gets out of the cab with my help. Her aide already unbuckled her seatbelt. I grab her book bag, she swings her right leg, clunky with a hard plastic AFO on it, and her left leg swiftly follows. I’m distressed because…


The pain of filling that time between school years.

Summer break is fast approaching. A time when kids countdown to days filled with playdates, camps, sports, water fun, and anything BUT homework. …


The cost of getting healthy

We’ve all been there, right? You go to the doctor not quite knowing how much the appointment is going to cost because you didn’t pay attention to the finer details of your insurance policy. Is it a $20 copay? Wait, is this doctor a specialist? That might be $50. Ugh…


Laughter doesn’t need to be sacrificed when life gets hard.

I love a good laugh and anybody who makes me laugh is my friend (whether they know it or not). But I don’t laugh easily — I can’t watch stupid comedy movies and laugh out loud — much to my husband’s annoyance. …


When “pandemic life” is the same as your everyday life.

Most of us can claim that our lives have been interrupted, at least slightly, by the global pandemic that’s been ravaging the world for the last year. Probably even more than slightly. And due to this pandemic, more and more people are openly discussing mental health issues that people experience…


Spend Valentine’s Day practicing pure, effortless love.

I’ve always known love and didn’t think there was much more to learn about it. I grew up in a healthy, happy home with parents, brothers, and extended family members who have always loved me. I’ve loved them all, too.

I fell hard, deep, and fast for my husband when…


Not an easy task when your teen has special needs

Like most kids, my daughter couldn’t wait for her birthday. She talked about it all year long. As soon as one birthday was over, she was on to planning the next one. Jealousy would creep up when someone else was having a birthday, “I wish it were my birthday!” …

Amy Daniels

Writer, mom of two, one who had disabilities and complex medical issues due to a brain tumor. Memoir, Reaching For Normal, is available where books are sold.

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