About Linda Sands:
My name is Linda Petersen, and I am the proud mother of five wonderful, very interesting children. They also happen to have disabilities, but these have not been overwhelming obstacles, but adventures along the path of life.
My oldest son, Francis, is legally blind and has obsessive compulsive disorder. My 25-year-old daughter was adopted from Guatemala; she came to us profoundly deaf, but was "healed". My 18-year-old son has a long history of autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and a severe sensory integration disorder. My 15-year-old son was severely abused prior to coming to live with us at the age of four; he developed dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). My 13-year-old daughter, who is profoundly deaf, came to live with us at the age of seven; her deafness is not a disability, but her post-traumatic stress from early abuse and her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have caused serious problems for her.
I began writing a blog because I was looking for a stress reliever. It is amazing how cathartic it is to vent one's frustrations in writing! Also, I have had so many unique experiences and adventures that many acquaintances have suggested I write a book. I started writing the blog not so much with the thought of writing a book, but with the thought of putting down these events for posterity, so to speak, and to share my experiences with others. In the process, I have reduced my stress level and I have been encouraged by the more than 20,000 people who have read the blog. I am sure our adventures and misadventures will continue.
Linda Peterson's blog: http://5kidswdisabilities.com/