Lessons I Learned During Autism Recovery

Lessons I Learned During Autism Recovery I can remember the day he was diagnosed. I was laying in a very hard and uncomfortable hospital bed giving birth to my second son. Life and death all in the same day. That might seem grim, yet when you lose a child to a dark space it really does feel like death. I had the choice; do I fight or do I give up? Well, I suppose you know how that turned out. Yesterday I was sitting in a quiet space staring at my big strong, now 9 year old boy, and began to think about some lessons the journey of recovery taught me. Lesson #1. Sometimes there are just no answers In a world where we want perfection, we want immediate responses, we want ANSWERS! You just don't get that with autism. What you get is "sorry ma'am but he will probably [...]

By |2017-10-30T13:01:15+00:00October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Yes! We Recovered our Son from Autism

I think it's a perfect day for an official introduction! So Hello! I am Jodie the gal behind Speak up Buttercup. This whole crazy path began when our son was diagnosed with autism. Hmmm no, it actually started back the day he was born, if I were to be really honest with myself. I didn't feel confident in speaking up during his birth and his first year of life which definitely had an impact on altering the course of his health. BUT ...#knowbetterDObetter is what I embrace . There was a significant point in his life before he was 2 with a routine visit to the Pediatrition's office. Picture me, almost 8 months pregnant and asking some legitimate and intelligent questions about vaccines. I just wanted to be HEARD. I just wanted to feel valued as a mom who knew what was best for her child. But I wasn't and instead [...]

By |2017-10-24T00:56:52+00:00October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

We all Need a Rock of Strength

✨We all need a rock✨ I have been traveling on an international speaking tour for nearly 10 days now and he is growing weary...I am growing tired too, but driven by a great purpose. It is his strength that gives me energy and hope. We certainly have our ups and downs and have weathered some major life challenges, but we’ve done it together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This guy is my safe space and cheers me on to some crazy dreams. I know he probably shakes his head at some of the stuff I come up with Our son certainly would not be recovered without his acceptance and encouragement of some natural ways entering our home. I am so blessed to have him as a partner for life Who is your rock and strength, tag them below and give them a shout out xo Jodie  

By |2017-10-23T03:59:41+00:00October 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

My Son, My Courage

There was a time not too long ago that I would run away from anything hard and I surely would throw in the towel when anyone was unkind to me (I was like peace-out peeps). Mean girls anyone? I never had real goals and certainly never fully grasped that God wants all of his children to reach their fullest and brightest potential. Cause you know what??? YOU are CAPABLE of HUGE things people! For some reason we simply don't go for scary DREAMS. And then my Son happened. He gave me courage to walk through a time when every single Doctor said there was no hope. He was the engine that allowed me to say goodbye to many friends who simply didn't agree with our new set of values or changes we were making related to health care. There are more days than not where I feel ill-equipped and not [...]

By |2017-09-13T15:22:45+00:00September 13th, 2017|1 Comment

You don’t need permission

What does it feel like to stand in my power? It feels like the universe has my back! It validates that what I know is best for myself and my family. Why didn't I speak up until that fateful moment in the Doctor’s office? Because I didn't give myself credit. I didn't LOVE myself enough to know that my convictions, my belief, my desires were TRUE and RIGHT. Standing in your power doesn't always feel comfortable, especially if we are not used to it. I remember when I began to change my viewpoint on western medicine to more of a functional approach…it didn't click right away until I began to find my voice little by little until one day the light bulb completely switched. It took loving myself enough to know that what I wanted was what I deserved, and my children also deserved a momma that stood by her [...]

By |2017-09-08T19:04:40+00:00September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Intuition Rules

There was a moment in our journey where I knew my son needed to be in a different school setting. Call it the mommy intuition or that punch-in-the gut feeling we experience when we know its time to speak up. It was right as he transitioned based on his age from state offered therapy to the local school system. Something just didn't feel good to this momma. Up until then we were blessed to find a top notch setting that he was thriving in alongside the natural medicine we had been incorporating consistently. The first day of “school”, which was actually like a month into the standard year, his new teacher didn't even have a name plate for our boy, even though she knew he was coming that first day. No warm welcome. zilch. It was as if he didn't even exist in the room. The feeling I had in [...]

By |2017-09-08T19:01:30+00:00September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to Speak up

The first time I really caught a glimpse of what it meant to fight for something was sitting in the Pediatrician's office with my newborn son. I entered with joy and feeling like I conquered the world birthing a 9 lb bowling ball. I left feeling fearful, helpless and stripped of motherly confidence. It was not a good feeling. And yet, for some reason I didn't speak up. There is something that happens inside of us when our backs are against the wall and we feel totally unequipped to stand up and say “not my kid!” When our son was just a few days old I felt the weight of what it meant to care for another human outside of my own selfish desires that, up until then, took precedence. My mind was beginning to process all the life altering decisions that I had to make that first day in [...]

By |2017-09-11T22:09:23+00:00September 8th, 2017|0 Comments