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Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

There’s no such thing as Mommy Guilt. To suggest there is is doing women everywhere a disservice, because the guilt and shame we women take on as a mantle from pretty much birth is in no way restricted to mothers. We all receive it as a legacy whether we want it or not, and we owe it to ourselves, sisters, friends, mothers, and especially our daughters, to take it off, look at it, and throw it in the trash where it belongs, and when someone tries to make us take it back, we see it for what it is, and say “No thank you, I’ve had enough for now. If that’s okay with you. Sorry.” (because girls are supposed to be polite, right?).

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As I’ve mentioned previously, I have a rigid DGS protocol as it relates to medical conditions for me and my loved ones. It stands for Don’t Google Sh…err…Stuff. I adopted this after I unsuccessfully diagnosed myself with brain cancer, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, Krohn’s disease and a host of other issues back in the summer …

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Hi, my name is Carrie and I have a thinking disability! (Hi, Carrie, echoes my tribe – in my head). This disability is called ‘literal thinking’ and what it means is that if you tell me something I will believe you. Literally. It will not occur to me that you are exaggerating, or wrong. I …

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