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Infusing Love: Respecting Our Elders

I have been thinking a lot about my role in my bleeding disorder community as Max becomes an adult. Where is my place as a mom of an adult son with hemophilia? I have been given the gift of having a job that keeps me connected and involved, but what about the other old timers? […]

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Infusing Love: Growing Our Family

Time moves so quickly. As adults we blink and a year has passed. As kids, we couldn’t wait to be adults. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were adjusting to life with one itty-bitty baby, with a chronic condition. Now we are in a routine, his disorder is well managed, and he […]

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Infusing Love: Aprendiendo a vivir con un nuevo diagnóstic

von Willebrand Disease… ¿Qué es eso? ¿Qué clase de enfermedad tienen mis hijas? ¿Es contagioso? ¿Qué le puede pasar? Esta y muchísimas preguntas más fueron las que nos hicimos el día en que la pediatra en Albany, Nueva York, diagnosticó nuestra hija menor, Juliemar, 8 años a este momento, con von Willebrand Disease (vWd), tipo […]

Infusing Love: No (Wo)Man’s Land

My 10-year-old daughter, Natalie, has been officially DNA tested and is a carrier of the hemophilia gene. This wasn’t particularly surprising or upsetting to my husband or myself, or even Natalie. For a child, she has a remarkably good grasp on the genetics of hemophilia and she understands what it means to be a carrier. […]

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Infusing Love: A Mom Intervention

Benny starts high school this week. How did that happen? When I started working at HFA he was in kindergarten. I remember being amazed at his astounding ability to put 100 piece puzzles together at 5 years old and spend hours building things with Legos. At the start of second grade, despite untold hours trying, […]

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Infusing Love: Thank You to Our Teachers

Through out the school year I have such a hard time balancing being the mom that every teacher or administrator loves to communicate with verses being the mom that everyone wants to run away from. I decided to sit down and write exactly what I wish I could say to every teacher or administrator Scarlett […]

Infusing Love: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I was cleaning out my closet recently and found an old picture of Nick stuffed in the pocket of a purse. My first thought was, “Man, he was a cute baby.” My second thought was, “That was right before he had a spontaneous epidural bleed.” Nick was eleven months old, in daycare, and not walking […]

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Infusing Love: Speaking Pokémon

Thirteen years ago, I had to learn a new language. Like any new language learning, it began with learning how to spell. Our day-old son was cradled in my arms when the phone rang in my hospital room. Thomas had been bleeding from his circumcision site since the day before, but I honestly wasn’t overly […]

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Infusing Love: Careful What You Say

I had a “Hemo Mom” moment of synchronicity earlier this summer. In my last Infusing Love post, “Superheroes Need Rest Too,” I shared a story about my oldest son, Marques, being in the hospital six years ago with a port infection while I was also taking care of his four  -month-old twin siblings. Marques eventually […]

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Hepatitis: Not Just For Men

I have severe factor 1 deficiency (afibrinogenemia) and have been Hepatitis C (HCV) positive since 1998. My source of infection was one of my many cryoprecipitate infusions (cryo being the only available treatment for anyone with factor 1 deficiency until 2009, and for me until November 2014). What makes me different than most people with […]

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