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About Katie Dohman

Katie Dohman is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Paul with her husband, new baby girl and two rescue mutts.

Katie's Posts:

Photographing the Journey: Pictures in Storytelling

Sometimes, words fail us. And unfortunately, sometimes they fail when we need them most: to explain the pain or suffering, or exalt in joy. To convey a tenderness or a fragility, a vulnerability or power. Sometimes words, as wonderful as they can be—soothing or life-affirming or hilarious or kind—are fraught with baggage, tone, motives. Or our mental thesaurus goes missing […]

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An Infant Kidney Transplant: Liam’s Story

At just two months of age, baby Liam was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure. Not exactly what you think you’re going to hear when you think your baby has a case of terrible colic. Liam’s startling diagnosis came with a realization that the health of their baby in grave danger and he needed an infant kidney transplant. His parents, […]

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A Devoted Father with Guillain-Barré Walks His Daughter down the Aisle

After a business dinner in Virginia, 59-year-old Bob C. felt ill enough to call 911. Good thing he did: just hours later, he was unconscious and on life support. Doctors struggled for weeks to tease out his eventual diagnosis: Guillain-Barré Syndrome. His daughter, Caitlin, found out her father was sick from a phone call, but their family wanted to let […]

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6 Games to Enhance Laughter and Fun

Game days, whether on a rainy afternoon or a social gathering, have always been full of laughter, joy and memories. Here are six fun play anywhere/anytime games that people of all ages can enjoy. Tots Folder Fun Keep little hands busy with something unexpected: a plastic accordion file folder. Fill each pocket of the folder with age-appropriate things baby hasn’t seen […]

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5 Easy-DIY Thank You Gifts

Treat Them Right Make a Body Scrub for a spa experience in their home shower. It takes two minutes. Mix together either 2 cups sugar (can be brown or granulated) and 1 cup carrier oil of your choice (olive oil is very moisturizing, as is coconut or jojoba). To add a nice and therapeutic fragrance, drop in 10 to 20 […]

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Life & Recovery after a Brain Aneurysm

Lisa remembers getting up early one morning, taking a walk with her church group, then having a cup of cup of coffee. She looked at her watch and realized she was going to be late to her personal training appointment. And that’s all she remembers for the following five weeks, save for some medicine-induced dreams. She spent those five weeks […]

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