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Category Archive: Emotional Support


A Tale of Two Kidneys: Liam’s Story

Clara and Liam after his kidney transplant.

At 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. The diagnosis came with a realization that not only was the health of their baby in […]

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Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD

Redefining Normal: Coping with ADHD

The definition of normal is “a person who is conventional or healthy.” But to a parent, normal means—will my child be okay? Will they be happy? Will they be accepted and have people who truly know and care about them? These are the things that ran through my head when […]

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Allowing Myself to Lean In

Allowing Myself to Lean In

When we wake up in the morning, most of us can predict what life will look like. As our eyes begin to open and our brain begins to function, we awake with some semblance of a general understanding of what the day may hold for us. Unless one moment disrupts any […]

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Finding Support for a NICU baby – Kaitlyn’s Story

Kaitlyn, Jessica, and their family after Kaitlyn came home from the NICU.

In 2002, Jessica Frider gave birth to her first child, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn had suffered from a lack of oxygen during birth, which caused global brain damage and led to a variety of health difficulties, including cerebral palsy. Kaitlyn was in the NICU for three weeks before Jessica was able to […]

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

Caitlin and her dad on her wedding day after his Guillian-Barré Syndrome diagnosis and recovery work.

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 […]

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