So, who am I?

Keli Gooch

Hi there!

Thanks for taking a moment to learn a little bit more about me.

At keligooch.com, my mission is to start a chain reaction. I want to change the way the world views Health, Motherhood, and the Down Syndrome diagnosis.

Published on such sites as “Huffington Post”,

 

“Scary Mommy”

 “TODAY Parents”

and “The Mighty”

 

I strive to offer positive insight and educational articles, while simultaneously providing professional products to parents, as well as to those in the helping profession.

I frequently discuss mental health topics as well. I work to spread positivity and knowledge, and to increase awareness.

So why did I start writing about motherhood, mental health, and disabilities in the first place?  

Since I was a little girl, the human mind has always interested me.  I remember at the age of 10, going to my local library and checking out a book about a young boy that had autism.  That same year, I watched a movie entitled House of Cards. (Yeah, not the one with Frank Underwood- House of Cards 1993). I was intrigued with Sally’s (the main character) struggle with finding reality. I wanted desperately to help her. Even though this movie was very unrealistic and the acting wasn’t all that great, I was hooked. From then on, I loved reading anything about the brain and I knew that I wanted to be in the mental health field.

After High School graduation, I attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where I majored in Psychology and English.  A week before my graduation, I gave birth to an awesome baby girl, Tayler Beth.  Unbeknownst to me, she was born with  3 copies of her 21st Chromosome, and almost died on the day of her birth.

She forever transformed my perspective and my goals in life. Her diagnosis of Down Syndrome made me stronger and tougher; she helped me know true love.

A year after her birth, I went on to pursue my Master’s degree again at the University of TN at Martin.  After graduation, I went on to work at a local community mental health center.

And Now…

I currently work as mental health counselor at my local school system.  I have been married for 6 years (love you Lew), Tayler Beth is now 15,  and I have a 3-year-old (Allison Eloise). My life is extremely busy, sometimes tough, but well worth it.

I’m passionate about mental health and will forever be an advocate for my daughter.

 

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