There are plenty of blogs about parenting. There are plenty of blogs about Autism.There are plenty of blogs about PTSD, and there are plenty more about humour. The fact that you found my little space on the web, and stayed long enough to read something on it, is a bit like a warm hug or a mug of my favourite kind of coffee.
My name is Cassie Hooker, and I am a mom living on the west coast of Canada. I have two young kids- I’ll call them Jack and Jill- who are ages 3 and 5. They are both high functioning Autistic. If you don’t know what that means, think of the character of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, and you’ll have a pretty good idea. Even though they are only young, my kids are two of the most loving and funny people I have ever met.
My partner- whom I’ll call Dave- is one of Canada’s military vets suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Because of his PTSD, as well as a back injury, he is considered disabled and is unable to work a conventional job. Dave is a good man, a great father, and a proud soldier despite being retired from the army for many years. For the last few years, while we have been raising our kids together, I have been helping him deal with his PTSD, and he has been helping me deal with depression. It’s been a long path, and we have many miles to go, but we are getting there.
Between looking after the kids’ needs, getting them to school, attending more therapy and doctor appointments in one month than most might in their entire lives, making sure the chores and errands get done, and dealing with our own personal issues, life for Dave and I is extremely stressful.
So, I started a blog.
Writing, for me, is like a net when all my thoughts are a whirl. It makes me feel a little more collected and sane when nothing else in life makes any sense. Most of all, I love to laugh, and I love to make people laugh- even if they are laughing at me.
I thought that maybe, just maybe, there might be someone else out there in a similar situation to mine who needs to know they aren’t alone. Maybe they need a laugh, or a little bit of “me” time. My hope for this blog is to be a place to come to, to step out of the real world for a few moments, take stock, and realise that everything is going to be okay after all.