Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada



   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!