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Sally C.

I am a mother raising Maggie, my teenaged daughter with severe dsabilities and medical issues. The blog is simply about Maggie's life given these challenges and how that impacts our family in both good and bad wways. We definitely have a glass half full attitude and all of us, including Maggie,... Full Bio
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Van by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I made a half baked attempt to see Maggie's van a few weeks ago, but didn't really follow up. A family was interested and I just kind of waited for them, but they de ... Read on »
Beddie bye by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities When Maggie was outgrowing a crib we worried about how to keep her safe in her bed. She would fall out of a regular bed 10 times a night. Bed rails were not enough because t ... Read on »
Bad to the (tail)bone by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I received an email from a nurse at UCSF which I will share in part below. But first some background. She and I are working together on a project, but really don't know each ... Read on »
Relaxing getaway or Theater of the Absurd? by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Ever since Maggie passed away, Steve and I have tried to get away for a weekend. It was always so hard to do that before because of the logistics of Maggie's care, but that ... Read on »
Mister Rogers Rocks by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I have received so many cards and kindnesses since we lost Maggie. Everyone of them has been lovely and appreciated, and a few have really knocked our socks off, either beca ... Read on »
Miss California, with a twist. by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I've been wanting to share this story, but didn't really have the energy. I think it's time now. The month or so before Maggie passed away, she had taken to calling herse ... Read on »
Mixed Emotions by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Never really thought about the term "Mixed Emotions" before February 15. I used the term, and really believed I understood it, but that understanding - like everythi ... Read on »
Treading water and making space by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Day 33. Lately I feel like I'm swimming. I can't find the bottom of the lake so my feet are moving to keep me afloat. It's progress, though. For the first few weeks I was un ... Read on »
This old dog doesn't need any new tricks by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Brisco the wonder dog turned 16 last Friday. Well at least that's the day we chose for his birthday.He arrived in our home in November 1998 and the vet said he was a ... Read on »
St. Patrick's Day by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I am missing my little leprechaun this morning. Maggie was always decked out for St. Patrick's Day. Read on »
Sounds of Silence by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It will be four weeks on Saturday. How can that be? It seems like a moment. The numbness of the first week or so has given way to immense sadness. I miss Maggie. I have drea ... Read on »
Changed For Good by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Many of you that attended Maggie's services asked about the song Grace sang at the vigil. The song was called "For Good" and it's from the Broadway musical "Wicked". (Severa ... Read on »
Judging a book by its cover by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Everyone knows the old adage, don't judge a book by its cover. It is a great metaphor for the fact that things aren't always as they appear. Given that intro, I'll bet you t ... Read on »
A video tribute to Maggie by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Not sure if this link will work, but this is  wonderful gift for me, especially on Maggie's birthday . Rachel Norton is a member of The San Francisco Unified School ... Read on »
Birthday by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Twenty years ago today our lives changed forever when Maggie entered the world. I think you already know the secret. Most of the changes were for the better.When she arrived ... Read on »
The sad story by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It is hard to relate the story of the day everything changed in our lives. It is painful. There are images burned into my mind that will not go away. I expect they will be w ... Read on »
Up the Proverbial Creek by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Now it's been 12 days.I feel like I am still standing there helplessly watching the paramedics but at the same time, it feels like a long ago bad dream. So many kind fo ... Read on »
A love letter from Dad by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Maggie's service was beutiful. there were hundreds of people there to honor her and support us. It felt wonderful and terrible all at the same time.  As promised, ... Read on »
Thank you by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Thank you to everyone who supported us this past terrible week and all through Maggie's amazing life. Many of you have asked and I certainly will post Steve's amazing eulogy ... Read on »
Services for Maggie by Sally C. Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This is Maggie's official announcement Mary Margaret (Maggie) McDonald passed away February 15, 2014 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her ... Read on »