Michele's Open Road
I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter's Special Journey
Do it when it works for you and be proud of your accomplishments, whenever they may come. Lose the ‘have-to’s’ of a timeline.
- Came from a medical family—her mom was a nurse, her father was a dentist, and all of her siblings pursued medicine.
- She completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors, then went into the community to begin working as a nurse.
- When her daughter, Elizabeth, was born with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder, caring for her became Michele’s new “job.”
- Dyspraxia affected Elizabeth’s motor skills and how she processed thoughts, while her sensory processing disorder made it difficult for her to tolerate sensations.
- As a result of the two disorders, Elizabeth’s early years were mostly spent in tears.
- At one point, her daughter looked at her and told her, “Mom, no one understands me.”
- In order to give her daughter a “voice” of sorts, and to raise awareness of dyspraxia, she decided to write a book about Elizabeth.
- Says she still gets frustrated sometimes, but little moments—like Elizabeth learning to ride a bike at age 18—help her find the good in each day.