Thursday, March 08, 2007

CE: Homeschooling with a Chronic Illness

This week's column is up over at Catholic Exchange: Carrying Our Crosses: Homeschooling with a Chronic Illness.

My husband, bless his heart, kept telling me that I had too much on my plate and had to take a few things off. Being the dutiful wife, I took off dishes and gave them to him. I took off housework and gave my children more responsibility, as well as hiring a housekeeper for four hours a week. The one thing I refused to take off of my plate was homeschooling.


~M~ said...


Your article is just what I needed to read.

God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers!

John Jansen said...

Great article!

You're in my prayers, too.

Anonymous said...

I still don't see how they'll ever be socialized.

Anonymous said...

I love your articles and this was no exception. I will begin homeschooling my child (soon to be children) in the near future.

My husband has MS as well and while I believe whole-heartedly in everything you've said (benefits of suffering, power of prayer, etc), I also wanted to offer you some practical advice from what we've learned for my husband as well.

1. Wheat or Gluten (grains) are common allergens for people with MS. Staying away from these can really help to lessen symptoms. Rice becomes your best friend.

2. Fish Oil capsules can be a big help in lessening symtoms and improving health as well. In MS the blood/brain barrier in the brain stem isn't what it should be. Taking fish oil can really improve this barrier and hence reduce problems that result from the body's attack on its own brain. Of course I would recommend high quality, mercury-free capsules (we use Metagenics).

For example, my husband saw a significant reduction in numbness/tingling in his hands/feet and in dizziness by doing these two things. He also cut out most dairy and saturated fats (aka "bad fats"). His health with regards to his MS has improved significantly since we made these changes and believe that others can be helped by the same changes. Hope you find this useful.

My husband or I would be very happy to discuss our experiences further with anyone who would be interested. Contact us at

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea Maureen ... I will make sure to keep you in my prayers.

I love that you are so passionate about your children's education. I find it very inspiring.

Hey, I am going to my first homeschooling conference next Friday in Memphis ... so excited!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea, either. Dare I say you are inspiring?? ... that you are able to continue homeschooling AND publish books AND speak at conferences, in spite of the symptoms?! And thank you for a very timely Lenten reminder about the beauty of the crosses we carry.

Suzanne Temple said...

My, I did not know you had any illness at all. You look like the picture of good health. What a great approach you have toward it, and how blessed you are to have such a loving family and the time to enjoy them!

Maureen said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words, advice, and prayers!!!

And Mike, you are so funny. (Mike knows my overly socialized children well.)

Elaine, have fun at the conference!