Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

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Event information received from:
Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group
Registration is required for all events

March 28th Parent conference – in Toronto hosted by FASD ONE at Toronto CAS.  The cost is $30.  Information on registering is on the flyer (see link below).  Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  Thanks to FASD ONE for this opportunity (and sincere thanks to the London FASD E.L.M.O. Support Group for the info reminder).  Click on following link for Registration form TO March 28th – FASD ONE

April 9 FASD 1 oh! 1 with Jeff Noble (FASD Forever) – full day training.  Location: Mississauga  Symphony Event Center  (FREE parking) Registration will begin at 8:30am.  Training will start at 9am and run until 4:30pm.  Cost: $75 for the full day training.  Registration info:  Maximum of 100 registrants available.

April 17 – RJ Formanek – Facebook Flying With Broken Wings FASD Support Group – is coming to the Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group.   The event is 7:00-9:00 pm at the Hamilton Mountain Police Station.  PLEASE CONFIRM IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND AS SPACE IS LIMITED.  See attached for further details and information on the event!

April 7, 14, 21 – FASD Education and Training Part 1: Three Part Training Series:  Series 1:The Basics: Understanding FASD, Series 2: FASD Intervention Principles-Best Pracitces “What to do when…”, Series 3: Advocacy-Promoting School success and Transition to Adulthood.  ** Cost: free for caregivers (see flyers for cost for professionals).  SPACE IS LIMITED – Please Contact:  Brenda McBride, Catholic Family Services, Hamilton, ON.  Contact:  905-527-3823 ext. 259  or

April 21, 15 and May 5 – FASD Education and Training Part 2: FASD Next Steps: Three Part Training Series: Session 1: Grief and Loss, Session 2: Strategies and Interventions, Session 3: Transition to Adulthood  Note: to attend this training completion of Part 1 training is required.  ** Cost: free for caregivers (see flyers for cost for professionals).  SPACE IS LIMITED – Please Contact:  Brenda McBride, Catholic Family Services, Hamilton, ON  Contact: 905-527-3823 ext. 259  or

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FASD Fact: Service providers

It’s essential for service providers to understand FASD. Many times their knowledge and education centres around ADHD, but successful discipline strategies differ for each diagnosis. An FASD training program for professionals and parents is available in the Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, area. Please see for information. #FASDFACTS.

To purchase my memoir describing my twenty years raising grandchildren with FAS, please visit My book is also available at this Amazon link: It is also available at Kobo and other fine ebook distributors.

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Did you know there is no cure for FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)? When the fetus brain is damaged by alcohol during pregnancy, it cannot be reversed. Some moms drink while unaware they are pregnant, others drink during pregnancy out of ignorance of the danger, others knowingly drink alcohol during pregnancy due to addiction. Let’s get the message out that no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe. FASD is a life sentence. #FASDFACTS. See my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers. Available at Also at Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors.

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FASD Fact: Sensory Issues

Sensory issues can be a huge obstacle to individuals with FASD obtaining independence. It’s not just a case of the label at the back of the t-shirt irritating their skin. It goes much deeper, causing an abhorrence or fear of completing daily tasks like, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and hygiene. My grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome struggle daily with sensory issues, some severe enough to cause trauma. Read more in my memoir Two Decades Of Diapers, available in print or ebook from Also available from Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors. #FASDFACTS



   I have been invited to speak about my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers at MEMOIRABILIA – WRITER’S EXPO, taking place at Turner Park Library on March 24/15 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for me to encourage anyone who has considered writing their memoir. I will also be discussing my book and addressing the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on individuals and families.

The host of Writer’s Expo is Viga Boland, editor of a new magazine, titled: MEMOIRABILIA. Recently launched, it contains a rich diversity of memoir reviews, tips on writing memoir, memoirists’ interviews and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Viga, myself and two other memoirists at this event. So if you live in the area of Turner Park Library, 352, Rymal Road East, in Hamilton, Ontario and would like to attend. We will see you there on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00.

For more information, or to purchase a printed or emag copy of Viga’s magazine, please visit To purchase a printed or ebook copy of my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers, or to view my other books for sale, please visit Also available at Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors.

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Available Now!

 My memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers is now available. My book describes the events leading to my becoming a grandma raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the challenges and struggles we faced as a family.

To read a sample, and reviews, and order my book in printed or ebook format, please visit

Two Decades of Diapers is also available in ebook format from Amazon and Smashwords at the following links:

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My Memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers

My memoir: Two Decades of Diapers will be available soon in both Printed and ebook formats.

Two Decades of Diapers, describes the events responsible for my decision to parent my grandchildren, and the whirlwind of challenges and struggles we faced throughout those years. I decided to share my story in the hope of supporting all individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, their caregivers, support workers, and advocates, and to educate the public on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

What is it about mental illness that makes people want to run? During my twenty years of single-handedly raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the temptation to run was significant. In my book: Two Decades of Diapers, I offer an insight into the many reasons why. Despite my grandchildren’s strengths, their Fetal Alcohol Syndrome caused severe behavioral issues. Issues that eventually overwhelmed my parenting abilities resulting in a breakdown of the family unit I fought so hard to maintain. Two Decades of Diapers gives the reader a glimpse into my hopes, fears, dreams, challenges and celebrations while coping with my grandchildren’s mental illness.

Are you an individual with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or a caregiver/support worker to an individual with FAS? Are you a mental health worker, or simply curious about mental health? Are you considering raising or fostering a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? If so, then for these and many other reasons, Two Decades of Diapers is the book for you.

Offering an insight into the challenges of FAS, Two Decades of Diapers is a down-to earth, no holds barred reference to the struggles associated with mental illness. Read how I raised four Grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; the crises we faced; the shattered dreams, and the strength and love we shared.

Coming soon! Please watch for details on how to buy!



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