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Infusing Love: Hemo Dads

June 20, 2018

This post is written as a special shout-out to my husband; a hemo dad, and all the other caregivers who have patience just like my husband Shane. I’m pretty lucky to have a husband who is very involved in Maddox’s infusions. My husband, Shane, gives Maddox his infusions three times a week. As a full-time […]

Infusing Love: Wonder Women

June 14, 2017

  Motherhood is hard work, and often, moms don’t give themselves credit where credit is due. As moms, we need to brag about ourselves and celebrate our victories. We asked our Infusing Love bloggers to share those motherhood moments where they thought to themselves, “Yeah, I’m owning this mom thing.” Try to think of your […]

Infusing Love: I’ll Be Ready

January 25, 2017

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 […]

Infusing Love: Smells and Sounds

January 4, 2017

The senses of sound and smell are very powerful. Sometimes a smell can spark a memory of a wonderful meal simmering on a stove or the smell of the air from a perfect breeze on a spring day can transport us back. The sounds of elevators dinging as people anxiously wait their turn and the sliding […]

Infusing Love: Naughty or Nice – It’s a Choice

December 28, 2016

One of my co-workers often uses the phrase unconscious incompetence. It essentially means you just don’t know what you don’t know. The recent election surprised many. I’ll stay away from the politics but I can’t help but reflect on the flippant comments made by a constitutional law professor post-election who referred to those who were […]

Infusing Love: Taking a Stand

December 7, 2016

  Every day we advocate for our children and ourselves. Our advocacy ranges on a small scale such as requesting a drink refill when we need one at restaurant to advocating for our children on a larger scale when requesting a doctor to infuse your child before any sort of x-ray when in an emergency […]

Infusing Love: A Mom Intervention

September 7, 2016

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, […]

Infusing Love: Thank You to Our Teachers

August 31, 2016

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: Defining Normal

July 26, 2016

“How do you do it?” “Isn’t it difficult?” “Do you feel as though you need to wrap him in bubble wrap?” “How do you handle all of it?” Most bleeding disorders moms have had to answer those questions or something similar to them. Questions of that nature do not surprise me anymore, because what parenting […]

Infusing Love: It’s About to Happen

July 19, 2016

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 […]

Infusing Love: Because I am a Mom

June 22, 2016

Being the mom of a child with a bleeding disorder, I am used to questions and comments from others. More often than not, they are comical and provide a bit of relief, but there is one comment that seems to be set on repeat, and I am overwhelmed by it. The comment regularly comes after […]

Infusing Love: Superheroes Need Rest Too

June 8, 2016

Ask for help! It seems easy to do, but it takes a lot of effort. If someone would have told me, as a hemo mom, “You need to ask for help!”I could have saved myself a few unnecessary headaches. I recall a time when my oldest son, Marques, was in the hospital with a bad […]

Infusing Love: Nurturing My Soul

June 1, 2016

Do you ever wish there was someone who truly understood what you were going through?  Do you wish you could surround yourself with a support network of other women in your local area, but can’t find them? Do you wish you had more support from women in the bleeding disorders community? In 2013, a group […]

Infusing Love: Out of the Mouths of Babes

May 25, 2016

When Thomas was in preschool, my family and I attended our first HFA Symposium. One of the educational sessions featured a panel of speakers who shared how to best prepare yourself, your child, and your school for a child with hemophilia. I took copious notes during that session because we were only two years away […]

Infusing Love: My Blood Gang

May 18, 2016

Not related by blood. Family because of it. I had a button made with this quote when Max participated in the Beards for Bleeders fund-raiser two years ago. Something I have gained from the bleeding disorder community is an oddly mismatched, but amazing group of BFFs. My gang, as I like to call them. What […]

Infusing Love: Isolated No More

May 10, 2016

Until recently my husband and I didn’t realize how alone Chris felt growing up with hemophilia. He had support from family, friends, coaches, teammates, the treatment staff, and us. Yet he didn’t have anyone to talk with that really understood what it was like to have hemophilia. We tried our best to not treat Chris […]

Infusing Love: We Keep on Ticking

April 6, 2016

My first national bleeding disorder conference was in New Orleans in 1998. I was overwhelmed at the over 2,000 individuals in attendance. My son was two and the enormity of hemophilia hit me hard when I saw men in wheelchairs, using walkers, and not moving their limbs with ease. What in the world was really in […]

Infusing Love: Family Ties

March 23, 2016

I’m adopted. My birth mother was a spontaneous carrier and when she put me up for adoption she didn’t know about hemophilia. When I met her about ten years ago I found out that I have five younger siblings. Two of my brothers, Edwin and Steven, had hemophilia and died from HIV contracted in the […]

Infusing Love: Overcoming Obstacles

March 16, 2016

Does anyone really like getting stuck with needles?  I don’t and I only gets labs drawn yearly and have my flu shot once a year.  When you have hemophilia and you have serious needle phobia, infusions don’t go well.  My son Chris, who is now 30, admits he still has severe needle phobia. Chris’s first […]

Infusing Love: A Double Edged Sword

March 9, 2016

There are three words that I have a love-hate relationship with. The words are spoken with good intention and they aren’t fancy, SAT prep course worthy words. They are simple words, in a simple sentence, but there’s no simple answer to the question. “How’s Thomas doing?” It’s double-edged sword. It’s almost impossible for me to […]

Infusing Love: Too Long to Wait

March 3, 2016

Our insurance provider changed at the beginning of this year.* We knew there would likely be some new hoops and apprehensively were preparing in the months prior to January 1st.  Thinking I was a savvy bleeding disorders mom getting ahead of a game, I knew this may require some extra work. So first thing on […]

Infusing Love: The Costs of Bleeding Disorders

February 24, 2016

We’ve all read those statistics that discuss the cost of raising a child. Most I’ve seen report the costs in the $250,000 range. Kids are expensive. Just recently, at Target, our cart contained a variety of things that were not on my list and, of course, I had to actively tell my 4-year-old that he […]

Infusing Love: Second Guessing

February 10, 2016

I deal with mommy guilt every time Jackson has a bleed. When my son is having a bleed, he tells me before there is any visible signs off swelling. I never doubt when he tells me…he knows his body. Two weeks ago, we got a dreaded call from the school health aide letting us know […]

Infusing Love: Summiting Mount Worry

January 13, 2016

I was recently talking with someone about Chris’s Seven Summit Quest, and the woman I was talking to said something that I didn’t understand. She said she was glad we raised Chris to not be a victim of his hemophilia. I asked her what she meant by that. She said so often people use medical […]

Infusing Love: Timeline of a January Bleed

January 6, 2016

Thomas has had his inhibitor for more than a decade, causing bleeds to be an unfortunate, but relatively routine, occurrence. We’re used to holiday bleeds, birthday bleeds, and random “where did that come from” bleeds. Be it crass or an obvious statement, bleeding happens, and we push forward. Through these tough times, we try to […]

Infusing Love: Realistic Expectations

December 31, 2015

There is nothing I love more than sitting around the Christmas tree with friends and family, sipping hot cocoa, singing holiday carols, and wearing a warm knit sweater with a reindeer on it. Ok, I admit it. I have never done any of those things, at least not all at the same time. I stole […]

Infusing Love: A Sweet Escape

December 16, 2015

Life will almost always be unpredictable; it’s just part of the experience of being human. You can do your best to try and control how things will turn out, but even with precise planning and micromanaging, we all have to face disappointments and adjust our sails along the way. Accepting this and gaining new perspectives […]

Infusing Love: A World of Thanks

November 25, 2015

I was at the craft store the other day looking for Thanksgiving dessert plates and napkins; instead I found Christmas decorations from corner to corner. I asked a sales associate where I could find the fall or Thanksgiving related décor. To my disappointment it had all been removed the day after Halloween. My quick retort […]

Infusing Love: Losing Myself

November 4, 2015

I love being a mom. Nothing makes me happier than cooking a great meal for my family, making soup to feed a cold, and even washing and folding their clothes. I am blessed to still pack lunches for one of my kids, while I watch my oldest one pack his own for his day at college. […]

Infusing Love: Lessons Learned

August 5, 2015

Micah will be 14 years old in just a couple of months. He has severe hemophilia A, no inhibitors, and has been on prophylaxis since he was just over a year and a half old. So, for roughly twelve years, he has been on a very strict prophylaxis schedule dosing three or four times a […]


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