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Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Difficult Holidays and Year End

December 27, 2018

  Even if you鈥檝e been feeling okay, the end of the year can bring mental health challenges for anyone of any age.聽 It鈥檚 no coincidence that in much of the United States the winter months can be some of the darkest, longest and coldest. The way many people cope is to celebrate the traditions of […]

FitFactor: 10 Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.聽 While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.聽 We understand the importance that activity and a聽healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal聽weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

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: Giving Back

December 12, 2016

Dear Addy, I want to give back this holiday season, but I鈥檓 not sure how. Can you recommend ways to be more involved in my community? Signed, Inspired to Serve _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Inspired, The holiday season is a good time to reflect on giving to a cause or serving those in need. There are many […]

Infusing Love: Wrapping Up The Imperfect

December 23, 2015

Christmas is just a few days away. If any of you are like me, you are wondering where the year has gone. At work, clients want all their matters wrapped up and at home I need all my presents wrapped up!! You鈥檝e probably heard the Walgreens commercial 鈥 on the corner of happy and healthy. […]

Infusing Love: A Sweet Escape

December 16, 2015

Life will almost always be unpredictable; it鈥檚 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: What We’re Truly Thankful For

December 24, 2014

Late this September, during the HFA Gears for Good Charity Bike Ride, I had one of those conversations in life you remember forever. It was with my son鈥檚 best friend, Aidan. About three years ago in elementary school, Benny, our now 12 year old with severe hemophilia, befriended a classmate who had just moved to […]

To Plan or Not to Plan

January 29, 2014

I am not spontaneous. The 鈥渟pur-of-the-moment鈥 gene did not get passed along to me, or anyone else in my family.聽 I am definitely a Type A kind of gal.聽 When it comes to holidays, vacations, and family dinners I love to make plans months in advance so it will be a memorable event.聽 Anticipation of […]

How the Port Infection Nearly Stole Christmas

December 25, 2013

We very nearly spent Christmas in the hospital last year, when Thomas developed a port infection the week before. If you think December is a crazy time of year, try adding in a long hospital stay 鈥 you quickly realize how much you aren鈥檛 getting done while you sit by your kid鈥檚 bedside. I had […]

Must-Have Gifts

December 18, 2013

“Mom, can I have a Cool Tools Tow Truck?” This was the question Max asked me when he was 4 years old and Cool Tools were THE gift of the year. Like so many of us, I had good intentions, but work, bleeds, motherhood, more bleeds, and life kept me super busy. As Christmas approached […]

Holiday Makeovers with MyPlate

November 22, 2013

It is important to聽try not to聽let holiday meals sabotage the healthy聽eating habits you have formed, but with so many delicious and tempting options, it is hard聽to decide what is best.聽 Let FitFactor and the USDA help!聽聽Check out our聽many healthy recipes on聽the FitFactor recipe page聽and then head over to a new blog from the USDA, “Makeover […]

My Bags Are Packed

November 20, 2013

I鈥檝e been traveling more this past year than ever before.聽 It鈥檚 both a blessing and a curse each time I leave for a trip on my own without the rest of the family.聽 The anticipation of having some solitude and quiet time is fantastic. On the flip side, I鈥檓 a typical control-freak of a hemo […]


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