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Mom’s Blog: Infusing Love

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鈥檛 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 […]

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 […]

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.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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Infusing Love: Siblings Need History Lessons Too

August 30, 2017

  At HFA, we have a core tenant and motto of our organization. It is 鈥淟est We Forget.鈥 In my family鈥檚 view, raising a child with a bleeding disorder in today鈥檚 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鈥檓 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鈥檛 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 […]

Infusing Love: Mama Is Always Right

July 28, 2017

  The early years of my motherhood experience were pretty lonely. We lived across the country from our extended family and I didn鈥檛 know any one in the neighborhood, and frankly, the other moms I did meet weren鈥檛 exactly people I wanted to socialize with. My go-to鈥檚 for parenting advice were books I had bought […]

Infusing Love: Meet Kristi

July 19, 2017

  Happy summer to all! I鈥檓 honored to join the ranks of the Infusing Love bloggers, and appreciate the opportunity to share my family鈥檚 stories and perspectives on living with hemophilia. Our family includes myself, my husband Nick, and our son, Liam, who is 4 陆. We live in Vermont right on the border with […]

Infusing Love: Not What I Had Planned

July 12, 2017

I like control. I like order. I like a plan. I like lists. Not in an overly aggressive way, but in a way that makes me feel calm. If I can plan for it, I can feel in control of it. Hemophilia does not work this way. Hemophilia and all the moving parts involved with […]

Infusing Love: As He Climbs On the Bus

June 28, 2017

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. […]

Infusing Love: Change of Plans

June 21, 2017

  It’s that time of year when boys and girls go to summer camp. Church camp, art camp, band camp, sports camp and yes, hemophilia camps. My idea of camping and “roughing it” is when we stay at a hotel that is not a “suite.” When my oldest son, Julian, was nearing the age of […]

Infusing Love: Wonder Women

June 14, 2017

  Motherhood is hard work, and often, moms don鈥檛 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, 鈥淵eah, I鈥檓 owning this mom thing.鈥 Try to think of your […]

Infusing Love: Meet Stephanie

June 8, 2017

As parents, we are always talking about the safety of our kids, families, cars, food, neighborhoods, churches, malls etc.聽聽Let鈥檚 face it: our world is not as “safe” as it used to be, except when it comes to hemophilia! As a mother of a very active two-year-old, a sister of a stubborn 40-year-old, and the niece […]

Infusing Love: Meet Lindsay

May 31, 2017

Nine years ago, I was blessed with my oldest son Zachary. With each passing day, he grows into an exceptional young man with love and compassion for everyone he meets. His smile and dimples are infectious and can melt any mother鈥檚 heart. Zachary had been the only child for four years when my husband and […]


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