An Unexpected Path: Riding the cloud

Daria Mochan Special Needs

Our family life is much like anyone’s with young children.  We laugh, we play, we eat together when we can, we sometimes go places that aren’t medical or therapy related and we struggle with sleep.  Sure, we are pretty busy with appointments and there are plenty of times of stress and worry too.  Compared to our life before a child with special needs, those ups and downs do tend to be more dramatic, but that’s to be expected….we are on a different ride now.

An Unexpected Path: Friendship

Daria Mochan Special Needs

I’ve always given quite a bit of thought to Gia’s future. Over the last two and a half years I’ve wondered whether she would survive, eat, walk, talk or live independently. I’ve questioned whether she would recognize her parents, laugh with her sister, make jokes or express emotion.  I’ve managed to put some of these thoughts to rest, simply because they are no longer a mystery, and I’ve also learned that excessive worrying about future events does no good. Alas, sometimes I am undeterred by that that obvious fact.

An Unexpected Path: Steve Jobs made me cry

Daria Mochan Special Needs

When I first heard the news that Steve Jobs had died, my first reaction was one of sadness you might feel with a complete stranger’s passing.  However, the next morning it hit me like a ton of bricks.   I found myself crushed by the weight and just heartbroken, even moved to tears, simply listening to news coverage on National Public Radio.  This isn’t typical me, and so after some reflection of the profound impact his contributions have been to my life, I realized his inventions and attitude has given me so much more than just gadgets and better computers.  He has given hope and inspiration to not only me personally, but also to a community I care deeply about.

An Unexpected Path: Labels are for Cans

Daria Mochan Special Needs

Before kids, I spent much of my life labeling things.  As a biologist I was trained in the science of naming (taxonomy) and spent countless hours looking through a microscope at all kinds of invertebrates.  Each animal was labeled with a name and classified into groups.  When something is labeled, we know how it relates to the rest of the world, we know how it will behave, we know what to expect.  At least we think we do.

An Unexpected Path: Focus

Daria Mochan Postpartum

I’m sure all moms can relate (at least I hope you can) to feeling that you’ve changed immensely since becoming a mom. In my five and a half years of parenting, I certainly have. There are the quite obvious physical changes, but also subtler personality changes too.  I quite frequently reflect on my pre-kid days and wonder what the heck did I do with all that free TIME or oh how I miss sleeping. Mostly though I wish I could be that focused again.  For the last six years I’ve been in a thick fog that I just can’t shake.