Cheryl Bailey

About Cheryl Bailey

Cheryl Bailey is a freelance/ghost writer who lives North Mississippi. She is the mom of two grown sons the youngest was disabled after a vaccine injury left him without any physical skills or speech. Cheryl now works to advocate for all persons of disability, and frequently writes about life with John, subject of A View in the Mirror. Her other passions include sewing, gardening, and spending time her dog Cindy and any stray cats that choose to call her back porch home. When not working as an advocate for persons with disabilities, she can be found working for Soldiers Angels in support of our troops.

A View in the Mirror : Why I Don’t Light it Up Blue, But it’s Cool if You Do

First of all, let me say, I have two ends of the spectrum living in my home.  For personal and privacy reasons I do not share my older son's issues, challenges and struggles as an aspie. He is grown today, has friends and a career, so marking him, just isn't cool.  I'll be happy to answer any question about him in a private email.  When [...]

Teal is the New Orange for Halloween

Who does not love an excuse to have fun with your child, go to a party or say, trick or treat as you visit your neighborhood. If you are an allergy parent events and days like this strike fear in your heart, here we go again, foods that for Jill and Joe are safe, but for your little one, can cause a life threatening reaction. [...]

By | 2014-10-28T10:00:24+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Categories: Family, Food, Holidays, Nutrition|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Navigating Public Places with a Child with Special Needs | An Open Letter to Rude People

Dear People In Public Places, There are a few things I wish you knew when I am out shopping with my grown disabled son.  Please think about this the next time you see us or anyone who isn't acting quite like you would expect them to for their age. My son never leaves home without a toy, doll, book, car something in his hand.  When [...]

Easter Help in a Allergy World

I see a Robin, I see butter cups, I see Easter baskets in the grocery stores.  NO!  Nothing strikes terror in a Mom's heart as quickly as realizing another holiday with candy is upon us.  If your child has dietary restriction or you choose to avoid certain additives in foods, you know what a battle it is when little Johnny Jumper gets sent home from [...]

Who They Might Have Been: Understanding What 1 in 68 Really Means

We all knew the rate of autism was climbing, as it has been from the beginning.  What is frustrating is that a local news station would rather run a last minute segment on how to get ready for bikini season than to interview a gifted autism advocate a autism Mom, speaker, writer and long standing member of the autism community raising awareness and understanding of [...]

By | 2014-04-07T09:00:06+00:00 April 7th, 2014|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

A View in the Mirror : Why I Am Not Offended by the R-Word

Before you send me a hot email informing me of my stupidity, read this, then you if still don't understand my point, fire away.   After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I am the last special needs parent on earth that is not offended by the R-Word.  A little back ground on it's origin and usage. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, [...]

By | 2014-03-31T09:00:46+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Categories: A View in the Mirror, Series|Tags: , , |2 Comments

A View in the Mirror – That's Not How Life is Suppose to Be

I am standing in the check out line in Kroger, I can't help but hear the conversation taking place in front of me... "Is this your grand baby, you must be baby sitting all weekend, all the baby stuff you are buying how sweet."  The friendly cashier said to the lady she was assisting. "My great grand son, and I guess you could say I [...]

By | 2014-03-12T09:00:54+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Categories: A View in the Mirror, Series|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Alternative Dental Care

It should come to no surprise to anyone who reads a word I write, that I am always seeking the most natural and healthy way to live.  A couple of week ago when the headlines splashed across my computer screen of a three year old little girl brain dead after routine root canals, I spilled my coffee. On the key board. And I screamed. Who [...]

By | 2014-02-19T09:00:59+00:00 February 19th, 2014|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A View in the Mirror : Welcome to the Club of Special Needs

I remember being in the tenth grade and starting to take the very beginning steps to that all excepted society of great importance, being in a sorority.   Sisterhood to this only girl in a house full of brothers, was something I not only wanted, I needed it.  I needed acceptance, I needed the sweater sweetly tied around my shoulders and I needed that pin.  Isn't [...]

Comfort Food – Making Gluten Free Pasta

It's cold in Mississippi, the kind of cold we aren't use to seeing, and I am stuck in the house. When I am house bound due to cold, I cook.  I cook because the heat from the oven helps to warm my home and I cook because, well, we are comfort food kind of people.  One of the issues with living gluten free is pasta.  [...]

A View in the Mirror : The Touch of Your Voice

I firmly believe spoken language, speech, is over rated.  I believe that we all speak much louder with our faces, gestures, tones and body language.  It's easy for me to say this, much of my life has been learning to communicate with John in code.  Touch.  Expression.  That's what happens when your voice is silent, but you still have volumes to say, questions to ask [...]

By | 2014-01-08T09:00:41+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Categories: A View in the Mirror, Series|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A View in the Mirror – The Dual of Disability : How Much Autism is Enough Autism?

I stopped at the gas station to top off my tank.  John sat in the front seat enjoying a new book we found at a thrift store.  I made my way toward the grocery store gas area to pay, got in line, glanced back at my car and John and sighed, all was right with my world.  In a few seconds I was going to [...]

Shelby Dawn, A Face of Domestic Violence

Statics and facts about domestic violence tells us there is an issue, but when you put a face with facts, look into the eyes of a victim, then the true meaning of domestic violence comes to light.  On October 20, 2012 around 6:30 am beautiful and talented 20 year old Shelby Dawson “Dawn” Harmon allegedly became a fatal static at the hands of her boyfriend.  Rodney [...]

By | 2013-10-22T09:00:12+00:00 October 22nd, 2013|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Vaccine Injury Awareness Month in October

October like all months has many awareness campaigns.  Some organizations use this time raising money for their cause, while others are simply taking a month to raise awareness.  Vaccine Damage Awareness is such cause, the mission for October is to raise awareness of vaccine injury as well as highlight the many individuals who had suffered an injury. There are thousands of children and adults who [...]

By | 2013-10-17T09:00:06+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Domestic Violence – October is the Awareness Month

Spouse abuse, dating abuse, relationship abuse, it can be physical or mental or both, it happens in teens dating; married couples, and yes same sex couples.  No one in a relationship should allow themselves to be abused nor should anyone abuse another person.  Sadly the reality is, abuse happens in America every nine seconds.  In the time it took me to write that first sentence, [...]

View in the Mirror: I Remember Malcolm

Every year when the yellow butterflies start to dot the landscape, I know that it is getting time for back to school. Stores fill their shelves with teacher requested school supplies and children clamor over the newest and best back pack. The local discount store sections off an area for school uniforms in sizes to fit kindergarten to high school seniors. I stand back and [...]

Understanding Chiari Malformation

Aronold-Chiari malformation is a form of hydrocephalus that is usually not discovered until adulthood. The reason for this is though it is present from birth, as a rule individuals will not have issues or symptoms until they are grown. Before birth, the posterior fossa does not form properly. Currently this is believed to be a genetic condition, however a few documented cases of birth and [...]

A Letter to the General Public : Ten Things Every Special Needs Parent Wishes You Did Not Say To Us

Today my son will turn 21.  I started out writing him a letter of all the things he has taught me. The more I thought the more I realized that what John has taught me, I really wish the general public knew.  So for my sweet son, here you go, what I have learned as a special needs Mom and what I wish the general [...]

By | 2013-09-23T09:00:49+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Categories: “Letters”, Series|Tags: , , , , , , |36 Comments

What to You Should Know About Hydrocephalus – September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

Commonly referred to as water on the brain, hydrocephalus is a condition where an excess of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain widening the ventricle spaces, putting potentially harmful pressure on the brain tissue. The ventricular system is made up of four ventricles each connected by narrow passages. In a normal situation, CSF flows through the ventricles, exits into closed spaces that serve [...]

To Me at Seventeen – A Letter from a Special Needs Mother

Dear Seventeen, I know you love to read biographies of any kind, but stop it. Yes Tom Sullivan helped you see the world as a blind person, but you are slipping too deeply into reading about special needs.  That book SunRise that you chose for a book report that later turned into a Home Living class project, will come back to haunt you.  Because of [...]

By | 2013-08-30T09:00:28+00:00 August 30th, 2013|Categories: “Letters”, Series|Tags: , |0 Comments
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