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Infusing Love: Different Opinions Don鈥檛 Mean They Are Wrong

December 27, 2017

鈥淪o, he鈥檚 still wearing the helmet?鈥 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 颅 I鈥檝e seen the comment threads on […]

Dear Addy: Public Speaking

December 25, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to participate in a legislative day, but I’m a terrible public speaker. Help! Signed, Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous, You are not alone 鈥 many people worry about public speaking! Use these tips to help you become more confident and comfortable speaking during legislative meetings. Hopefully you鈥檒l find this advice beneficial 鈥 […]

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鈥檚 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鈥檝e 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 […]

Dear Addy: Take Action

December 13, 2017

Dear Addy, What is the best way for me to contact my legislators when policy issues affecting the bleeding disorders community arise? Signed, Alert Advocate Dear Advocate, HFA’s Take Action Center聽has all you need to contact your legislators, including talking points on issues affecting the bleeding disorders community. Watch this short video on using the […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: New Parent

November 27, 2017

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 a new mom and my husband and I just learned that our baby has hemophilia A. We are overjoyed at becoming parents and overwhelmed with next steps. Could you offer tips for building a relationship with a hematologist? 聽Signed, New Mom 聽Dear Mom, You鈥檝e come to the right place! Knowing where to […]

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.聽 They can鈥檛 understand how it is possible that I can be thankful that my son, Thomas, has unexpected, ill-timed, and painful bleeds.聽 How could anyone find good in dealing with a nonsensical insurance company?聽 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鈥檛 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 […]

Dear Addy: ABLE Accounts

November 13, 2017

Dear Addy, Are there ways for my teenage son to save money for college, without endangering his health coverage? My son is currently enrolled in Medicaid under our state鈥檚 Katie Beckett program for children with long-term disabilities. Signed, Savvy Saver Dear Saver, Here鈥檚 one option you and your son may wish to explore: opening an […]

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 […]

FitFactor Video: Swimming: A Safe and Efficient Workout

November 6, 2017

Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn鈥檛 put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]

Young Adult Podcast: Grocery Shopping on a Shoestring Budget: How to Choose Healthy Foods without Breaking the Bank

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits!聽Our guests on this聽podcast聽are聽Kathryn Clark, a retired dietician, and Eric Burgeson, an active young adult with hemophilia. Kathryn and Eric聽iscuss ways to keep costs low at the grocery store […]

Young Adult Podcast: Maintaining Motivation: Creating Habits for a Lifetime of Fitness

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits!聽Our guest on this聽podcast is聽Karen Sullivan, retired professor of Health/Fitness at Marymount University. Tune into hear Karen discuss聽how to build sustainable fitness habits and how to get back on […]

Infusing Love: Caregiver to Caregiver

November 1, 2017

If you look up National Caregiver鈥檚 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 […]

Dear Addy: 2018 Open Enrollment

October 30, 2017

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 applying for health insurance for the first time this open enrollment period. With a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, First-time Subscriber Dear Subscriber, The聽Open Enrollment Period is a timeframe each year when health insurance plans or聽HMOs (health maintenance organizations)聽are required by law to accept applications […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Health Insurance for Young Adults

October 15, 2017

Dear Addy, My son with hemophilia is about to turn 26 and will need to find his own insurance plan. As a parent, how can I help him navigate this process? Signed, Always-an-Advocate聽 Dear Advocate, This is an important but complicated task. HFA created the following infographic as a tool for walking through the different […]

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鈥檚 holder and I could never transition him to the other side of the needle. I don鈥檛 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, 鈥渁ll is right in our lives today?鈥 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 sue帽os鈥

September 21, 2017

Todos los a帽os celebramos el mes de la hispanidad en Estados Unidos (Hispanic Heritage Month en ingl茅s). 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 pa铆s. Los hispanos […]

Dear Addy: Teaching Independence

September 19, 2017

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 […]

Infusing Love: Overcoming Pain

September 13, 2017

  When I hear the word “pain” I immediately relate. 聽We all know pain and its many forms. But do we know how to move past the physical hurt and the emotional guilt? 聽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 鈥 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 […]

Dear Addy: Sports

September 4, 2017

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 鈥 this is a common question […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los m煤sculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia F铆sica, […]

FitFactor: 7 maneras de mantenerse activo en invierno

August 31, 2017

Todos sabemos que trabajar en el invierno puede sentirse como una haza帽a imposible a veces. Sin embargo, una vez que comience a hacerla parte de su rutina regular, se convertir谩 en una tarea sencilla y ser谩 m谩s f谩cil de sostener a trav茅s de otras 茅pocas del a帽o cuando el clima no es tan duro. Mantener […]

FitFactor: 隆Consejos para tomar su rutina de ejercicios de vacaciones con usted!

August 31, 2017

  Si usted est谩 escapando del clima de invierno para algunos R&R por la playa, o dirigirse a la casa de un familiar para ponerse al d铆a, el viajar interrumpe su horario normal y puede hacer m谩s dif铆cil permanecer en la cima de su rutina de salud y ritmo de ejercicios. Hacer ejercicios es a […]


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