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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Tips for Staying Safe

I am one in a million, but I’m certain that you don’t want your child(ren) to be one of this million. More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. I was fortunate to have the “good” kind of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. Although I have a scar on my face, I’ll be around to watch my beautiful girl grow up. That said, it wasn’t what I expected at 35. I’ll have to vigilant the rest of my life, as my diagnosis also significantly ups my…

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Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Story is Important for People to Hear

When I woke up this morning I was greeted by several text and Facebook messages with a link to a breaking news story. “Thought you might want to see this.” “Saw this and thought you would be interested.” “Thought of you when I watched this.” The story was about Jimmy Kimmel. During the opening monologue on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, Kimmel opened up to his audience and the world about the birth of his son, Billy, on Friday, April 21st. What at first seemed to be a…

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I Know This is Horrible…But…

There was a Facebook post written by a woman recently that was shared among my tribe. The woman who wrote the post gave two reasons why she thought people should not bring their “disabled children” to a park packed with kids. I won’t post the actual post here out of respect for her privacy. The post prefaced her opinion with “I know this sounds horrible, but… “ Because, you know, that makes it okay to say things that make people feel bad. This woman is entitled to her opinion, and…

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Showing the World What My Daughter is Capable Of

Five and a half years ago we were blessed with a little bundle of joy on the morning of Christmas Eve. Our daughter, Evalyn, came into the world as an early Christmas gift for us. She was born with a serious congenital heart defect and struggled after birth. Although we knew about her diagnosis during my pregnancy, we were still not prepared to watch her be whisked away to the NICU and transferred after only a few hours to a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at a children’s hospital over an…

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#EpicParentingFail: How Not to Handle Your Daughter’s First Period

My first test as the mother of a “mature” young woman was a complete, total, and epic failure. I thought I’d prepared both of us for when “it” arrived. I made sure she knew what to expect, had supplies, knew what to do with said supplies. But when she repeatedly called me after the first day of school and asked what time I’d be home, I eventually got snippy on the phone and said, “THE SAME TIME I TOLD YOU THE LAST THREE TIMES YOU CALLED!” I was super annoyed…

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