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Mom With Quadriplegia: “If I Need Help, I’ll Ask”

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In our first Inspirational Mom segment, we shared the story of Teri Thorson, a 41-year-old Canadian woman who has a 4-year-old son Lucian — and she just happens to have a spinal cord injury.

Teri sustained a complete C6/7 quadriplegic injury at the age of 24 after a tragic car accident.

She opened up about her injury and how she’s learned to cope and create a “new normal.” Shattering myths and challenging us to re-shape our thoughts about people with disabilities, Teri talked about becoming a “mom in a chair.”

Teri is continuing to share her experiences as a guest blogger for Wheelstrong Sports.

Titled “You Will Be Healed,” Teri shares an awkward/insulting encounter with a well-meaning elderly couple. Continue reading her insightful blog below…

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Hitting the Mommy Juice Too Hard? Alcohol Abuse & Motherhood

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Is it wine thirty yet?

This, and many more, wine-related jokes seem to go hand-in-hand with motherhood.

And lord knows I enjoy my vino.

But are we self-medicating our anxiety? Experts warn that alcohol abuse is running rampant among over-stressed moms.

“I’m seeing it widespread across the country – an increase of moms, particularly with young kids, coming in for treatment,” Deni Carise, deputy chief clinical officer at CRC Health Group, tells TODAY.

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Is Elizabeth Hurley’s Swimwear Line For Kids Too Sexy?

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Bikinis on our babies?

Sure, girls aged 8-13 aren’t exactly babies anymore. But do we really need to sexualize them before they’ve even sprouted boobies?

MORE: The Sexualization of Girls at Halloween

With the launch of Elizabeth Hurley‘s newest swimwear line for kids, one cannot help but wonder what our world is coming to.

The supermodel-actress – and single mom to 12-year-old son Damian – recently launched her range of children’s bikinis. And let’s just say she’s received some serious online backlash.



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World Autism Day: Kristine Barnett Removes Labels & Uncovers Son’s Genius

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We are raising awareness on autism today, on World Autism Day, with the incredible story of a mother’s love and a child’s inner genius.

In a world that fears and shames autism, we are both humbled and inspired by Kristine Barnett and her son Jacob.

MORE: World Autism Day: What Are The Facts?

When Kristine’s son Jacob was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of 2, doctors said he would never speak. She tried special education programs and therapies aimed at addressing his diagnosis. And when teachers said there was no hope for Jacob, she refused to give up on her son and decided to take her own path.

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Giveaway: 2 Joovy Ultralight Strollers

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Need a new ultralight stroller? One of our favorite baby brands, Joovy, can help!

To celebrate spring, Joovy has put together the #JoovyRush giveaway.

Joovy is offering (2) prizes: your choice of a CabooseCaboose UltralightCaboose Too UltralightErgo CabooseCaboose VaryLight.

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The Psychology Behind The #Selfie

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This just in: selfies and narcissism are linked.

Before you start shouting “No sh*t” at your computer screen, check out the latest story on smartphone selfies.

According to psychiatrist Dr. David Veal, people who post non-stop self portraits via social media are obsessed with their looks.

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