The Medical Side

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Why hospital stays are good practice at radical abandonment

April 26, 2021

There are sacred places in the world where communities come together for the express purpose of caring for โ€” and lifting up โ€” those who cannot care for themselves. Hospitals, especially childrenโ€™s hospitals, are definitely among them. Staying in a hospital is a valuable exercise in radical abandonment to the will of God.

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Radical abandonment in theory and practice

April 1, 2021

The latest medical mystery in our house is unprecedented… and it’s a proving ground for the practice of radical abandonment.

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Person sitting on hospital bed, wearing a blue gown and holding a cap. Only knees and hands in lap are visible.

Litany of the Undiagnosed: A Prayer of Surrender in Uncertainty

March 19, 2021

Facing a chronic illness with no diagnosis can be a challenging spiritual trial. Use this prayer to ask for Jesus’ accompaniment, as you abandon yourself to his (twisty, winding, difficult) plans for you.

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Why EMDR therapy is great for special needs parents

January 9, 2020

EMDR is a great tool for healing from the traumas and PTSD that naturally occur raising medically complicated kids. Here’s how it worked for me.

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The care and feeding of a keto kid (now with 100% more gifs!)

March 29, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feed a developmentally delayed 3 year old on a ketogenic diet — and who hasn’t?! — this is the post for you! Here’s what it takes to prep a single day’s worth of food, liquid, and medication.

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Oscar’s Undiagnosed Story

April 29, 2018

The saga of our as-yet fruitless search for answers, in honor of Undiagnosed Diseases Day.

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Child lying in a hospital crib surrounded by medical equipment

Fraternal Correction: Five Easy Tips for Medical Advocacy with Grace

October 9, 2017

How can we cultivate the virtues of charity and humility, both during and after a moment where a child’s life might be at stake?

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Chasing the name

July 19, 2017

Diagnosing special needs children requires making peace with The Cloud of Unknowing.

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That time we went to Lourdes and our son was healed

June 5, 2017

In which we address the elephant in the room and the million dollar question: What happened AFTER the baths?

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In God’s hands, or how to live in a state of chronic hypervigilance

March 29, 2017

Research has shown that people who multitask suffer huge performance hits. My whole life is one long multitask. I live in a near-constant state of hypervigilance.

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Christy Wilkens

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Iโ€™m a Catholic wife, mother of six, and writer who wrestles with the problem of pain. What does faith look like in times of adversity and struggle? Iโ€™m so glad to have you here, joining the conversation. Learn more about meย ๐Ÿ –

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