Stand and Share Your Story

God, I love this quote!  I want to plaster it on billboards and t-shirts!  Never in my life have I been afraid to share my story, talk about my struggles, and celebrate my successes.  To some, this is considered brave.  To others, stupid.  Some even distance themselves from me because they fear that MY story … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


The Mental Health Family Tree

Although I love both the visual and the sentiment expressed by the graphic t to the right, I beg to differ.  I do not claim to speak for everyone’s experience, but it has been my own experience that when the branches of that family tree contain mental illness, the roots do not keep us all … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


A-N-X-I-E-T-Y

  This week’s blog post is brought to you by my 13-year-old son.  I have spoken of him before.  He was diagnosed with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder at the age of 7.  Recently, his school held a public speaking competition and all the kids were expected to write and present a speech, 3 to 5 … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


Diagnosis: Drama Queen

We all know that the mental health field has taken leaps and bounds in the past few years.  The information, support, and mental healthcare available to our children today is far superior to what our generation (speaking as someone in their 40s) had access to.  Was it that mental healthcare wasn’t accessible back then, or … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


My “Intervention” Addiction

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the show “Intervention” on A&E.  It’s brilliant.  And heartbreaking.  And frustrating.  And gut-wrenching.  And uplifting.  It is all of those things and more.  Which is why I consider myself to be a bit of an “Intervention” addict.  I cannot get enough of this show.  Sunday nights I … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


Taming the Worry Dragons

My 13-year-old son started seeing a new therapist recently.  We moved to a new town about 6 months ago and have been searching for someone suitable since our move.  He had been in therapy previously for his Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and had been utilizing the skills he had been taught over the years, but we … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


PTSD – Yeah, It Sucks!

PTSD sucks!  There, I said it!  It totally and completely sucks.  And yet, here it is.  In my life, in my brain, every moment of every day.  And so, like any diagnosis, be it physical or mental, I deal with it.  Had my diagnosis been cancer or diabetes I can imagine that would suck too. … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


“We Can’t Help You” – An Unexpected Gift

Sometimes, admitting you are unable to help someone actually helps them.  It forces them to realize they have been butting their head against a brick wall and that brick wall has no intention of moving. Sometimes, knowing you cannot give someone what they need, and having the guts to tell them that serves as a … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.


Anxiety Has Opened My Eyes, Mom

Many, many times in my years as a mother, I have been stunned speechless by the wisdom of my son, far beyond his 12 years. One evening recently was another such time. This story came on the news and gave us pause for discussion. Now, if you’re not up for reading the article (I get … Continued

About LazyGourmetBlog

LazyGourmetBlog is a Grimsby, Ontario mom, navigating the daily struggles of a personal PTSD diagnosis, and the challenges of raising an almost-teenager with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As a former professional ballroom dancer, her personal struggles with anxiety and PTSD have very often been hidden in plain sight, presenting their own unique challenges in this very public former profession. One of her favourite quotes is, "The journey is the goal," and that motto carries her through each day, learning, supporting, and carrying on.