Facts & Arguments Essay My disabled son’s first time at camp (Original title: Jacob’s Magical Summer) From Monday’s Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Jun. 21, 2010 12:00AM EDT Last updated on Monday, Jun. 21, 2010 5:22PM EDT The decision was made. Part of me was terrified. During the week prior to Jacob’s departure, with […]


Jacob’s report card 2010

Jacob attended Ledbury Park Hebrew School for the second year in a row. He was in a class with kids his own age and had a great time. Each week, when the school bus would drop him off at home at 3:15, we would put him in the car and head up to the program […]


"Can I have some alone time with Jacob?"

Watching friends’ children interact with their siblings made me realize that my daughters don’t have the same relationship with their brother that most kids have with their brothers or sisters. That fact wasn’t really surprising to me but it did make me sad. Jacob’s sisters don’t run to hug him when he gets home from […]


Jacob’s birthday parties

Jacob is 8 and had many great parties to celebrate. His sisters, Jamie and Sierra, spent an afternoon with him in his class at school. Together they frosted cupcakes and he watched them eat their work. Sierra and Jamie were given the responsibility of handing out the carefully packaged loot bags to each child in […]


Jacob and His Sisters, Globe and Mail April 1 2010

Marcy White From Thursday’s Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 6:02PM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010 6:07PM EDT Jacob’s five-year-old twin sisters know their big brother can’t speak. They know he eats by a tube surgically implanted into his stomach and they know he can’t move by himself. They […]


The Sleepover

Friday, March 12, 2010 Our guest blog today is about a big event in every kid’s life – the first sleepover! It’s written by Marcy White, mom to Jacob Trossman, 7 (above, with his friend Batsheva). Batsheva also attends overnight summer camp with Jacob. You can read about Marcy’s work to raise research funds for […]


Purim

We were invited to Yaffi’s house for Purim – all 5 of us. And we went. All 5 of us. This might not sound unusual for most families, but for us it was a rare occurrence (being invited for Purim was a first for us too, but that’s another story). And the stress leading up […]


The trials of being my son’s mother

With his nurses, caregivers and friends he’s charming and lovable. With me he’s angry and inconsolable Marcy White From Monday’s Globe and Mail Published on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 12:00AM EST Last updated on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 6:28PM EST As Jacob and I make our way down the crowded aisles at the grocery store, […]


Jacob’s Soul

I’ve been told that Jacob is a “pure neshama” or pure soul but didn’t really understand what that means. I was given the following explanation and thought that maybe, on some level, it makes sense. You can make your own assessment: G-d’s Handicapped Children (IsraelNN.com) Question A friend gave birth to a baby with a […]


A fantastic experience

How can I properly thank Jacob’s princesses for giving him the most incredible experience of his life? By all reports, including his, he had the best 21 days imaginable. Every picture I saw (and I’d love to see more!) showed him smiling. And the smiles were different from his regular grins – he had a […]