Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
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 […]
Dear Addy, I have two preteen kids with bleeding disorders and I want to instill in them independence with respect to their care. Do you have any advice on ways to build this into our routine? Signed, Introducing Independence Dear Independence, This is a great question to be asking now, as transitioning to independence is […]
Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and loves to play sports. He is going into 6th grade this fall and wants to join the soccer team. How do I set realistic expectations with him and his coach? Signed, Soccer Mom Dear Mom, You are not alone in your concerns – this is a common question […]
By now, for most of us another school year has come to an end. For me this usually means complete and utter joy! No more homework, no more early wakes up to catch the bus, no more worrying about clean PE uniforms, and the list goes on and on. Nicholas just finished the 8th grade. […]
When ABC premiered, “Speechless” last fall, I wasn’t sure if it would meet my expectations. Would it show special needs parenting and family life in a realistic, often sarcastic way, or would it have the feel of an afterschool special? I’m happy to say it’s readily become one of a handful of shows we watch […]
Every day, I am reminded of how quickly time passes. My kids will only be little for a very short period of time. As working parents, we always tend to wish the days away in order to get to the weekends when we can take a deep breath, relax, and prep for another busy week […]
Sin darnos cuenta muchas veces queremos “ayudarles” y hacemos las cosas por ellos. Ahh que mucha paciencia tenemos que tener. Debemos ser conscientes de que en el futuro ellos necesitan hacer las cosas por si solos. Debemos comenzar a temprana edad, a darles responsabilidades de acuerdo a sus capacidades y edades. Pero, la etapa de […]
This week’s Infusing Love entry is a poem co-written by our longtime blogger, Kari, and her daughter, Scarlett. I’m learning to be safer, watch my step, and stay out of harms way. Each day a new lesson, on how to exercise and how to play! I might start off feeling intimidated, scared or shy. […]
When my son, Julian, began middle school, I kicked his hemophilia education into high gear. He already knew the basics, but it was now time for him to learn how to call and order his factor, find the Hemophilia Treatment Center closest to him when on vacation, and to understand the importance of keeping the […]
The first few years after Scarlett got diagnosed with a Platelet Storage Pool Disorder (PSPD), I was sure she was never going to live a normal life. Being told your 2-year-old has a life threatening condition and that you would have to keep her safe and free from injuries, proved to be harder than I […]
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