Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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Is Writing On Your Mind?

Stop thinking about it, and start writing!

Do you live in the Hamilton/Wentworth area? Is writing on your mind, or is it your passion, or simply something you would like to try? Come out to Turner Park Library’s Live Writing Workshop, hosted by Viga Boland, author of No Tears For My Father. Discover the poet, memoir-ist, blogger, or fiction-writer in YOU.

Is Writing On Your Mind?

This workshop is for all writers of all genres but, if you, like me, are caregiver to a child with FASD, then I know you have a lot to say. So, come to the session and write it out. It won’t hurt, and might even help. If you have not written anything before, then this is a great place to begin. It you write every day then you will have a lot to share. Either way, the session will offer interest and diversity.

I hope to see you there!

Where:  Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Road East, Hamilton , ON L9B 1C2

When: Mondays, April 18th & April 25th

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Host: Viga Boland

To contact Viga for information, visit:

http://www.vianvi.com

http://www.memoirabilia.ca

http://www.vigaboland.com

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Upcoming Events

Watch for these upcoming events!

  • Upcoming Event: Sunday, March 13th 2016. 7:00-8:00 pm

I will be speaking about my memoirs and FASD on ARTWAVES: a live radio broadcast from Mohawk College. ARTWAVES is an arts interview radio program which airs live every Sunday, from 7-8 pm, at 101.5 FM. Google “l0l5 The Hawk” to listen to the program in real time, or listen to podcasts at archives.org/details/artwaves.

  • Upcoming Event: Thursday, March 24th 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm

I will be hosting an FASD event evening at Turner Park Library, Hamilton, Ontario. Speakers will include Mark Courtepatte and Savanna Petriano from Hamilton FASD Caregivers Support Group, and Tim Groenewegen, a special needs educator with the HWDSB. Together we hope to bring information, guidance, and support to those interested in learning about FASD, its symptoms, challenges, and services. Event is free.

Download my two memoirs for FREE from my website

http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com

Two Decades Of Diapers

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years

Also see me on Youtube

Twitter: @barbarastudham

 


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What is a Thanksgiving turkey?

Have you ever seen a Thanksgiving turkey?

October 12th 2015 is Thanksgiving for Canadians and we have a lot to be thankful for.

Have you ever seen a Thanksgiving turkey?

Over the years I’ve seen lots of Thanksgiving people: friends, family, neighbors, and church members, all who have reason to give thanks for the special day. But I’ve never seen a Thanksgiving Turkey! It’s a misnomer, a contradiction of terms; for what Turkey would give thanks for being beheaded, roasted, and smothered in gravy?

As delicious as the meal sounds, there have been times when I’ve been called a Turkey; not only because of my sagging neck, but a turkey for raising my grandchildren; a turkey for caring too much; a turkey for believing I could help these youngsters with mental illness. Well, yes, if one looks at my situation through physical eyes, those people are probably right. But, come October 12th, while we tuck into our Thanksgiving meal, this is one turkey who will be giving spiritual thanks for the courage to “stick my neck out” and be there for children with FAS.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I’m also thankful for my books, all available from:

http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com

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Live Webinar on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group!

Copied from the website: www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca

Join Us for a Free Live Webinar: 
The Powerful Truths of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 
   

This free webinar, hosted and moderated by Mike Berry of the popular site Confessions of a Parent: Hope and Humor From the Trenches, will feature:

  • Mike and Kristin Berry, co-founders of confessionsofaparent.com and parents of two children with FASD.
  • Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff, award-winning author and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago.
  • Gabe Chasnoff, Director/Producer of the acclaimed documentary film: Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs.
  •  John and Nicole Goerges, parents raising two children with FASD.

Live Webinar on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Details: October 1st, 2015 at 5pm PT/8pm ET

LEARN MORE and REGISTER NOW – IT’S FREE 

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Event: Stoney Creek Author Festival

Memoir Reading at Stoney Creek Author Festival

To be seen at the event: Memoir Writers' Expo

Barbara Studham’s memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers

Event: Stoney Creek Author Festival

Please come out and support your local authors at the Local Author Festival

On Saturday October 3rd, 2015, I will be discussing, and reading from, my memoir:

Two Decades Of Diapers

at

Stoney Creek Local Author Festival.

Event: Stoney Creek Author Festival

Stoney Creek Library

777 Hwy #8, Stoney Creek, Hamilton ON, L8E 5J4

Saturday October 3rd, 2015

My Reading: 10:30 a.m.

Festival time: 10 – 3:00

Having spent twenty years raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I have a wealth of knowledge to share on this life-challenging mental illness, so please come to the festival to support me and other local authors.

Event: Stoney Creek Author Festival, Flyer

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A New Event: Memoir Writers’ Expo

I will be speaking at the following event!

To be seen at the event: Memoir Writers' Expo

Barbara Studham’s memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers

A New Event: Memoir Writers’ Expo hosted by Viga Boland

Where: Turner Park Library: 352, Rymal Road East, Hamilton, Ontario

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

A New Event: Memoir Writers’ Expo

Please come and hear me speak on my memoir: Two Decades of Diapers, describing my twenty years raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Also speaking will be, authors: Eva Marsh, Salvina Grice, and Richard Campbell, a recognized author and mentor for Memoir writers.

So if you are interested in hearing real life stories, or learning how to compile a memoir, then this event hosted by author, Viga Boland is essential. Also, if you enjoy discussing memoir or have tips to offer memoir writers, consider joining the group: Memoirabilia on Facebook, which is hosted by the author of four books, Viga Boland. Visit her websites at: http://www.vigaboland.com and http://www.memoirabilia.ca

My websites:

http://www.challengedhope.com

http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com

All books are available from:

http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com

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Upcoming Events, not to be missed!

New Events!

Upcoming Events, not to be missed! The following events were posted by Mark and Savanna, co-founders of Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group.

Their contact info:

Upcoming Events, not to be missed!

Fascets Canada – Demystifying FASD and other Neurobehavioural Conditions

Special 2 Day Training for Professionals and Caregivers!

  • When: February 29th and March 1st, 2016
  • Where: Carmen’s Banquet Centre,  1520 Stone Church Road, Hamilton
  • Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Cost: $260.00 for both days  ($150 for parents & caregivers)
  • (Registration cost includes continental breakfast and full lunches on both days)
  • Registration Closes: February 12, 2016

Please see http://www.hamiltonfasdsupport.ca for more information.

Upcoming Events, not to be missed!

There is an FASD Conference in Sault St. Marie on Tuesday October 27Thursday October 29, 2015

Cost: $50 for the conference, includes lunch and refreshment breaks.  Note: Limited bursaries may be available for parents of/ or individuals living with FASD as well as graduates of AEI program. Maximum bursary amount: $500/ family.
Keynotes include:
  • Dr. Edward Riley, FASD- An Update on Recent Research and New Developments
  • Dr. Sterling Clarren– New Canadian Guildelines for Screening and Diagnosis
  • Dr. Lori Vitale Cox– Medicine Wheel Toolkit
  • Myles Himmelreich– What to Expect During a Full Body Diagnosis

Workshops and Sessions Include:

  • Seeing Through the Eyes of your Heart- Rebecca Martel & Jean Tait
  • Parent Child Assistance Program From a Rural Perspective- Tracey Knowlton
  • Heart Work, Long Ours Quilt- Cindy Peltier & Alison Trantor
  • Healing our Hearts, Accommodating our People- Richard Willier
  • ‘Cause It’s Still Not My Fault: Applying Best Practices for Students with FASD in the Classroom- Allan Mountford
  • Living Outside the Box- Tina Andrews
  • How to Communicate a Diagnosis of FASD to Children and Youth- Dr. Brenda Stade
  • Let’s Set the Stage- Debbie Michaud & Rhonda Konrad
  • Panel Discussion – Savanna along with RJ Formanek (FB FLying with Broken Wings), James Gideon and Matt Sinclair.

For information on any of the above events, please contact Mark & Savanna at: