I admire and respect teachers in a new way since following the work of luminaries like Shelley Moore (@fivemooreminutes) , Jesse Thistle ( , Lori Mac (

Education is completely different from even 10 years ago, and the name of the game is mental health. When I see these amazing people setting the stage for transparency, vulnerability and ownership of our own stories it makes me want to do better and be better for the next generation.

Like so many, I don’t want the next generation to suffer the way I did. And take heart: with people like Laura Louise Vangen, they are not going to.

Here she is, a mother and educator giving us crucial information on navigating the health care system, school system and self care in the midst of it all.