The Life Unexpected – The one you were meant to have

As little girls we played house and created a world with the perfect home, husband and child. Pretending to be a mom was a world with aprons, easy bake ovens, high heel shoes and pretty red lipstick. We knew this to be true, we saw it everywhere. It was in our living rooms  everyday.  Donna Reed, Leave it to Beaver, Make room for Daddy even I ...

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To Whom It May Concern

Thank you for the incredible response to this writing over 43,000 reads! Dear School Personnel, Community Members, Teachers, Parents and Neighbors, I am the parent of a special needs child. I was overwhelmed, confused, heart broken and struggling to unravel the complexities before me. Please do not pass judgement of me without knowing why I did ...

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The Life Unexpected

Writings of support and inspiration for parents living the life unexpected – the life with a special needs child. To a parent with a special needs child there is no better resource than a parent who has been there. Through these writings and through The Coffee Klatch I hope to make the journey for other parents a little less of a roller co...

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A Promise Kept

Some promises are like pinky swears, little whims of a deed or intention to be kept.  They started when we were children on the playground, in the school yard at pajama parties and created light hearted bonds of friendship. We were conditioned early to know the importance of “keeping promises” and the bonds that would be made or broken if n...

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The Coffee Klatch/Special Needs Talk Radio

The Coffee Klatch started on a whim. I often speak and write about the isolation, stigma and confusion of parents raising a special needs child. Many of those 
parents are on twitter to share information, seek support or find a friendly ear. Twitter is where it all began. It is where I met my incredible team of moderators and thousands of spec...

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Being a special needs parent changes you, it can change you for the better, it all depends on you - Marianne Russo

10 Jan 2014

Stand Up To Conformity To...

I have touched upon this topic in previous writings but would like go into more specifics especially as it pertains to children suffering with school phobia or school refusal. »

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20 Dec 2013

Expectations …. Who...

My father once told me “Expect nothing and you will never be disappointed”. I can’t say I agree with that but I do agree that expectations can cause a lot »

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23 Oct 2013
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Canary In A Coal Mine &...

I am honored to bring you an incredible film being made about the devastation and confusion of diagnosing and treating mysterious illnesses such as fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue »

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8 Oct 2013

Raising a child with...

Marianne Russo and her daughter Aliana speak with Fibromyalgia Daily Magazine. Marianne Russo advocates on behalf of her teenage daughter, Ali, who has Fibromyalgia and Chronic »

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19 Sep 2013

A Line In The Sand –...

A tragedy, there really is no other word for it.   The unthinkable not only thought, but attempted. Was this a mother so deep in despair, so overwhelmed, so afraid of what »

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16 Aug 2013
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Thank you!!! Over a...

When I started The Coffee Klatch it was on a whim and I had no idea what it would become. It was originally started as a simple morning Tweetchat after meeting hundreds of »

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5 Jun 2013

When Mom Is the One With...

Trust me, I’m not a perfect parent by any stretch of the imagination but over the years I feel I have gone above and beyond dealing with almost every parental nightmare »

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22 May 2013

Dear School Personnel,...

To Whom it May Concern, I am the parent of a special needs child.  I was overwhelmed, confused, heart broken and struggling to unravel the complexities before me. Please »

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27 Apr 2013

First Do No Harm

Will the new DSMV prove to be harmful for people with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other invisible disabilities labeling them mentally ill? I recently spoke »

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