I’m Just That Way

Dani from I’m Just That Way and That’s Just Me describes herself as “A sassy mother warrior from Los Angeles raising a very sweet little girl with Autism in the Midwest”.

How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?
It’s been a little more than 2 1/2 years now. I grew up in Los Angeles and now I’m living in the Midwest. So, at first, it was a way to show my friends and family back home what life was like here (look, it snows here! tornado sirens! cider mills!). Then it took on a life of it’s own!

You write a bit about your little girl who happens to be Autistic, what can you share with us about that?

My daughter, whom I call Little Bird has Autism. I talk a lot about life with my gorgeous, sweet, fabulous little girl who just happens to have a disability. Giving people a little glimpse into this life promotes awareness and (hopefully) compassion. People with Autism are just like everyone else- sometimes just a little flappier!

What advice do you have to offer mothers who are just now receiving the same diagnosis?

Don’t hide it! Reach out, find others in the same boat. You are not alone. It’s not always pretty, but together, it gets so much better!!

Does your family read your blog? How supportive are they?

My family is awesome. They do read my blog and I’m pretty sure they fight over who gets to be my #1 fan!

In what way have you benefited most from blogging?

I’ve made so many friends through blogging. I’ve had the chance to meet a few in real life, too. It’s quite cathartic putting all your “stuff” out there for the world to see. After months of not talking about it, I recently shared that I’m going through a divorce. The support I’ve received from people everywhere is so great and even overwhelming (and yes, sometimes even a little creepy!).

 

Other popular posts from I’m Just That Way:

Shedding Some Light: “That’s when she kinda mumbled “Seems like a lot of kids have Autism these days. I’m glad I don’t have that. I’ve got enough problems…”
Me Too: “Last week, I read about people who keep their child’s autism diagnosis a secret, or choose not to tell people.”
Where I’m From: “I’m from Los Angeles and Russia and Ireland and Brooklyn, avocados, Nathan’s hotdogs, and matzoh ball soup.”

About Kat

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Comments

  1. says

    I think talking about the things that are difficult in life is one of the best ways to use a blog. Not only does it help you to talk about it, but it helps others to not feel so alone. Good for you!

  2. says

    Dani is one of the most supportive, beautiful, strong bloggers! She is one of my autism mom tribe, and I’m so excited to see her here today. Love you girl!

  3. says

    I love how you inspire people by reading your blog. You’re blessed with a sweet little bird and you’re not only a sassy warrior but also an adorable mother. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  4. says

    Congrats on your SITS Day! I love your blog. You are a terrific person and have a lot to deal with right now. I wish you the very best. Somehow I feel like this will make you stronger and give you more inspiration to blog.

  5. says

    This is awesome being able to read about so many different bloggers- I am realizing a lot of moms choose to blog about kids with special needs, and I absolutely love that there can be such a great outlet and way to connect with others.

  6. says

    Autism has always fascinated me for some reason, maybe because those I’ve come across with the disorder are always so brilliant. I hate that some people can’t see that we ALL are really “special needs” in some way or another… it’s just that there aren’t labels for the “special needs” a lot of us have OR we’re able to hide them or keep them under better control.

    Hope you have a wonderful SITS day.

  7. says

    I love that you call your daughter little bird. Having a child with an invisible disability is such a unique experience and using the opportunity to educate others even when they may be a bit over the top in a grocery store is always a good thing. The imagery is quite hilarious though and you clearly took it in stride. I look forward to reading your blog and Happy SITS days!

  8. says

    Sounds like an awesome blog. I am amazed how great people are who visit our blogs. Isn’t that what keeps us going with it?!

  9. says

    I’m also raising a child with autism and it’s the focal point of my blog. I’d be honored if we could link up our blogs!

  10. says

    Happy SITS day! I too love the roller skating picture! I am 35 yrs old and grew up having my b-day parties at the roller rink. Now I’m the mother of soon to be 5 kiddos, so rollerskating doesn’t happen too often. I think I have been to the roller rink twice in the past 10 yrs. for kid parties, most recently about 6 mths ago. Yes, I skated. Yes, it was fun, and Yes, I still have mad skill! haha :)

  11. says

    That photo of you in roller skates doing the splits? Awesome. And I just read your post on the lady in the checkout line – you are a better person than I for your patience and tolerance around such ignorance. But then, I guess that’s how ignorant people become not ignorant anymore – because of people like you.

    Happy SITS Day!

  12. says

    “I’m from Los Angeles and Russia and Ireland and Brooklyn, avocados, Nathan’s hotdogs, and matzoh ball soup.” Ahh…I totally feel you. Great blogging. Love to read it.

  13. says

    I’ve always been interested in autism. It feels like there is a shroud of mystery over children diagnosed… seems grossly unfair to the kids. The blog will be an excellent way to get a first hand account and education.

  14. says

    Great photos! I’ve done the opposite of hide my daughter’s disability– on the outside she doesn’t seem “special”, so I’m always telling people about her health condition. I need to stop, for her sake, and see her as a normal little girl who just-so-happened to have a rocky start. Your blog looks fabulous, by the way!