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Dear Addy: Mental Health

August 6, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e heard friends in the bleeding disorders community speak about depression and other mental health concerns. I want to support them, but I鈥檓 not sure how to approach this sensitive topic. Can you offer guidance on how to have a conversation with friends about mental health? Signed, Caring Friend Dear Friend, Thank you […]

Infusing Love: Overcoming Obstacles

March 16, 2016

Does anyone really like getting stuck with needles?聽 I don鈥檛 and I only gets labs drawn yearly and have my flu shot once a year.聽 When you have hemophilia and you have serious needle phobia, infusions don鈥檛 go well.聽 My son Chris, who is now 30, admits he still has severe needle phobia. Chris鈥檚 first […]

Infusing Love: Factoring in the Freak Out

September 2, 2015

It is a common refrain to hear medical professionals comment on how well Logan does with his infusions. This is usually echoed in a, 鈥淗e is such a champ,鈥 or 鈥淗ow did you get to be so brave,鈥 or the sadder version, 鈥淚 wish my older patients were this good.鈥 I am proud of Logan; […]

Infusing Love: Taking Care of the Patient & the Caregiver

October 15, 2014

I don鈥檛 think I鈥檒l ever forget the day I got the phone call — the one I had been dreading since my daughter was diagnosed with聽Platelet Storage Pool Disorder (PSPD). It was 10:30 AM on a聽Thursday. I was singing to the preschoolers where I work when my colleague brought me the phone. She had that […]

Monitoring Anxiety

December 4, 2013

I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember.聽 It took me years before I realized what it was and that it was real.聽 My mother also lived with it, but our family did not realize it until after she passed away.聽 It is a condition that can be handled in many […]


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