I Don't Know How You Do It

From Self Deception to Celebration, A Mother's Journey, with Cathy Shields

February 20, 2024 Jessica Fein Episode 56
I Don't Know How You Do It
From Self Deception to Celebration, A Mother's Journey, with Cathy Shields
Show Notes

What happens when you don't accept your child's diagnosis? When you think you can "fix her," only to discover that you're the one who needs fixing?

Join us as Cathy Shields, author of The Shape of Normal, delves into the truths and lies parents tell themselves when faced with unexpected challenges. From denial to acceptance, Cathy recounts her emotional rollercoaster and the evolution of her relationship with her daughter, Jessica.

With honesty and vulnerability, Cathy explores the deep-seated ableism she had to confront, rooted in societal expectations and personal experiences. Through her story, she sheds light on the importance of awareness, acceptance, and finding strength in embracing reality.

You'll learn:

  • Why finding others on a similar journey can change everything.
  • How to move from denial to acceptance to celebration.
  • The key to looking at what people can do rather than what they can't.
  • How we can begin to change the deep-seated ableism in ourselves and society.
  • Why sharing honestly is so important in changing perceptions.
  • And so much more...

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