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Mom’s Blog: Infusing Love

Infusing Love: Your Spark Is My Why

April 25, 2018

Every year at Symposium, there is some special moment that defines that year’s event for me. As we kick off our 2018 event tomorrow, I’m reflecting back on my favorite memories from the last five years of Symposium: 2013: Frisco, TX (I actually have two favorite memories from this year.)   This picture encapsulates our […]

Infusing Love: My Love/Hate Relationship

April 11, 2018

Some of us love exercise.  Some of us (me!) hate it but love it when you’re done.  What do you find to be the hardest part of exercising? A lot of times it’s finding the time. As moms we’re pulled in a thousand different directions all throughout the day.  Between jobs, kids, and spouses, there is never […]

Infusing Love: Plenty to Keep Her Busy

March 28, 2018

When Scarlett was diagnosed with platelet storage pool disorder in 2011 the doctors told me she wouldn’t be able to play most sports. As she went from toddlerhood to adolescence the restrictions seemed endless and it felt like she was never going to find any after school activities that she would enjoy. It was obvious […]

Infusing Love: Life’s Little Surprises

March 14, 2018

My family has very quiet about our family history with hemophilia. I was 2 years old when my grandfather passed away, so I knew very little about what he went through or what it meant to be a carrier, other than the result could be having a son with hemophilia. I was excited when we […]

Infusing Love: Talk With Your Children

February 28, 2018

Disclaimer: At HFA, we value all opinions. This blog only reflects only the opinion and experiences of the individual mother/writer. We encourage you to talk with your children about a school safety plan, and have provided a resource at the end of this blog entry. ________________________________________ Around 11 AM, on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, […]

Infusing Love: Am I a Carrier?

February 14, 2018

Does life ever make sense? Do we really know the answers to why things actually happen? Losing my daughter, Sydney, nine days shy of her second birthday due to SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child), pretty much means there is no answer to why. But my family decided to welcome another child into the […]

Infusing Love: Relating to ‘Wonder’

January 24, 2018

When I committed to writing this week’s blog, I had no idea what I would blog about until I went to see the movie ‘Wonder.’ Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial disease called mandibulofacial dystosis, also known as “Treacher Collins syndrome.” Due to Auggie’s medical needs, which require the […]

Infusing Love: Ayudando Nuestras Familias

January 16, 2018

Puerto Rico, Isla del encanto, conocida por sus bellas playas, gente amigable y amable, en donde se baila la mejor salsa y se degustan los mejores sabores caribeños. Arropada por el Mar Caribe y el Océano Atlántico. En donde se habla español y es un territorio ligado a Estados Unidos como Estado Libre Asociado y […]

Infusing Love: Port to Adulthood

January 3, 2018

I have seen signs for the last few years, but on a cold day just before Christmas, I saw my 14-year-old son not as a little boy, but as a young man. There wasn’t anything extraordinary happening in the moment. He sat at one end of our sectional couch and I was sitting on the […]

Infusing Love: Different Opinions Don’t Mean They Are Wrong

December 27, 2017

“So, he’s still wearing the helmet?” The question, posed by HTC staff at our recent annual visit gave me pause. Yes, my son is almost 5 years old and still wearing his helmet any time his feet are on the floor. I know this is a controversial topic ­ I’ve seen the comment threads on […]

Infusing Love: In Appreciation of Providers

December 20, 2017

It is safe to say that most of hemophilia has been unexpected. Even when you are planning for the unexpected you get another unexpected in its place, sort of a Murphy’s Law type deal. And yet, I am always finding things about hemophilia that I never expected from our experience. One of the most profound […]

Infusing Love: Through the Smoke

December 13, 2017

It’s been two months since wildfires ripped through Northern California leaving a path of destruction in Sonoma and Napa counties like I’ve never seen before and leaving a scar on all of our hearts. I got to see firsthand the importance of community and was proud to see our bleeding disorder community come together to […]

Infusing Love: The Thief of Joy

December 5, 2017

Some of the best sessions I have attended at conferences have been rap sessions. These sessions bring together certain sub-groups in the bleeding disorder community and allow them to have open conversations, asking questions and sharing information with each other. At one rap session, many years ago, a mom in the parents rap session, was […]

Infusing Love: A Season of Gratitude

November 22, 2017

I get some pretty stunned responses when I tell family and friends that I am grateful for hemophilia.  They can’t understand how it is possible that I can be thankful that my son, Thomas, has unexpected, ill-timed, and painful bleeds.  How could anyone find good in dealing with a nonsensical insurance company?  Obviously, I could […]

Infusing Love: Big Hearts

November 15, 2017

The past six months have been hard. Like hemophilia was managing us instead of us managing hemophilia. I can’t remember the amount of times I sobbed out of frustration, fear and being powerless to help my son. We are still muddling through and each day is a battle. A battle where it seems like we […]

Infusing Love: Opening Our Hearts & Home

November 9, 2017

When I got married 19 years ago, I never thought I would be a foster parent to over 40 children with special needs. It never occurred to me that I would have the blessing of being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. I never would have thought I would end up with six forever children […]

Infusing Love: Caregiver to Caregiver

November 1, 2017

If you look up National Caregiver’s month on your computer, you will find several items from the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) before anything else. If you look through the stories, tips and suggestions you will see that most of them relate to adult children caring for parents. You can find the 2016 proclamation from President […]

Infusing Love: An Unexpected Lesson

October 25, 2017

I lost my job on a Monday. The following Tuesday, I was making the hour-long trek to our HTC for bi-monthly prophy for my 15 month old son, Ben. I had a lot of time to think about what had just happened, what in the world I was going to do, and where to go […]

Infusing Love: Watching An Advocate Bloom

October 19, 2017

My 11-year-old, Natalie, is not your typical 11-year-old. She is whip smart, savvy, and mature beyond her years. I suppose that comes with being the youngest of three siblings. You have to wise up when your older siblings are trying to pull one over on you since the day you were born. Natalie has recently […]

Infusing Love: Brotherly Bonds

October 11, 2017

It has taken me six years to groom the perfect person to give my youngest son, Laithan, his factor. When Laithan received his port my husband started out being Laithan’s holder and I could never transition him to the other side of the needle. I don’t think I wanted him to do it either, since […]

Infusing Love: In This Moment

October 4, 2017

It’s hard to envision what life is going to look like for my little Maddox when he enters preschool or elementary school in a few years. Right now I focus on the moment and each day as Maddox gets older. He had his first birthday last week and off he went. He took his first […]

Infusing Love: we: Door 1, Nicholas 0

September 27, 2017

Do you know those moments when you think, “all is right in our lives today?” We have had a few of those moments recently. We had a horribly tough year in 2016. It just seemed that whichever way we looked, something rough was happening to us or our extended family members. 2017 has been a […]

Infusing Love: Sigue tus sueños…

September 21, 2017

Todos los años celebramos el mes de la hispanidad en Estados Unidos (Hispanic Heritage Month en inglés). El mes de la hispanidad comienza en 15 de septiembre y termina en 15 de octubre. Este mes es para celebrar las tradiciones, celebramos la cultura y todos los logros de los hispanos de este país. Los hispanos […]

Infusing Love: Overcoming Pain

September 13, 2017

  When I hear the word “pain” I immediately relate.  We all know pain and its many forms. But do we know how to move past the physical hurt and the emotional guilt?  The reality of our world is that pain is a part of life – we can dwell in suffering or we can […]

Infusing Love: The Holidays Are Coming

September 8, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner. Ask any mom of a child with hemophilia and we will all attest to the same thing – with holidays come bleeds! There is no medical explanation for this crazy phenomenon, but sure seems true for many. For us, it always started with Halloween and lasted until the […]

Infusing Love: Siblings Need History Lessons Too

August 30, 2017

  At HFA, we have a core tenant and motto of our organization. It is “Lest We Forget.” In my family’s view, raising a child with a bleeding disorder in today’s world means we have the responsibility of determining when and how we help our children to learn and understand the history of our community. […]

Infusing Love: A Back to School Shopping List

August 23, 2017

Buying school supplies prior to the beginning of each school year is a rite of passage. Until my kids got to high school, I was more than happy to take advantage of the school supply kits offered by our school. Even so, each year, I still have to make multiple trips to the store for […]

Infusing Love: Knowing How and When to Advocate

August 17, 2017

This past May our family was invited to attend the HFA Patient Fly-In to Washington, DC. The patients and caregivers were briefed on the talking points the evening before our scheduled meetings with our Senators and Representatives. As you know, health care is a hot topic and there were many talking points that needed to […]

Infusing Love: Pondering Ports

August 9, 2017

  With a new diagnosis of hemophilia my world was turned upside down. What’s only been 4 months since Maddox was diagnosed feels like a year or two. I feel like I’ve grown so much in just a few months. I have put my life vest on and jumped right in. While, sometimes I’m afraid […]

Infusing Love: The Writing is on The Chalkboard

August 2, 2017

As I walk through the aisles of our local office supply store, I can’t help but to get a tinge of sadness. The smell of fresh paper, pens, pencils, and crayons are enough for this former teacher to break down right there in the middle of Office Depot. Not that I am unhappy doing what […]


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