Breaking the habit of being yourself · Dr. Joe Dispenza · love · self help · Self-Care · Shadow Work · spirituality · The Wisdom of Anxiety

Transitions, grief and the wisdom of anxiety

"Most people struggle to some degree through the major milestones in life -- kindergarten, adolescence, graduating from high school and going away to college, graduating from college, starting a career, getting married, having a baby, buying a house. Those who are more sensitive, because they're acutely aware of the fleeting and ephemeral nature of life… Continue reading Transitions, grief and the wisdom of anxiety

Advocacy · Occupational therapy · Osteogenesis Imperfecta · Speaking

Keynote Speaker : University of Pittsburgh Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recognition Day Ceremony

December 14, 2019, I had the honor and privilege of presenting as the Keynote Speaker for the University of Pittsburgh's Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Fall Recognition Day Ceremony, representing both the OI community and Clarion University. The majority of graduates were from the Physicans Assistant program, and others were from Speech Pathology, OT, PT, Audiology,… Continue reading Keynote Speaker : University of Pittsburgh Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recognition Day Ceremony

Osteogenesis Imperfecta · pregnancy · Prenatal Diagnosis

A New Conversation: Prenatal diagnosis, Genetics, Rare + the 20-week Anatomy Scan

"This was the gut-dropping, body-numbing moment…. this was the moment that we can refer to as the moment…. where there is a before this moment… and an after this moment…. this is the moment that divides… that creates the before photos… where I look at myself and think, “Oh, that’s the woman who she was before everything… Continue reading A New Conversation: Prenatal diagnosis, Genetics, Rare + the 20-week Anatomy Scan

Niko Gian · Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Pamidronate treatment

Pamidronate //::  in the bisphosphonate family, a class of drugs that prevent the loss of bone density. "Previous studies of OI bone have suggested that abnormal activity of osteoclasts and osteoblasts (the cells that form new bone) contribute to the bone's fragility. In normal bone, the osteoblasts are producing new, healthy bone to replace the older bone… Continue reading Pamidronate treatment

Osteogenesis Imperfecta · Prenatal Diagnosis

Why it is inappropriate, unethical and negligent to diagnose a baby in utero with a lethal form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)

  With the expansion of prenatal genetic testing, must come the expansion of dialogue as it relates to the ethical ramifications of prenatal diagnosis. I am not a medical professional, nor a genetic specialist. I am the parent of a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a rare genetic condition. I am a woman and patient… Continue reading Why it is inappropriate, unethical and negligent to diagnose a baby in utero with a lethal form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)

Faith · Fear · joy · parenting · pregnancy · Prenatal Diagnosis

Running out of the darkness: How a song about Jesus reminded me of who I am

Even knowing Jesus as a child, and growing a relationship with God as an adult... when tragedy and uncertainty strike, surrender boot camp begins. Tuning into this type of surrender changed me. .... letting go, and leaning in. ... this has transformed the way I feel into all experiences, relationships, interactions, how I raise my… Continue reading Running out of the darkness: How a song about Jesus reminded me of who I am