"Have you thought about preschool?" Turning 3 always seemed so far down the road. My strategy was to keep my nose down and stay focused on the now.... I would jump ahead if we had to plan care but other than that, the transition where Niko would go from being a baby to a young… Continue reading My son still has OI
How is our experience eerily familiar.... The diagnosis 2020 has been both challenging and carrying an energy of something larger than we ever thought possible. When we realized our world was about to change as we knew it... there were a range of emotions... shock... denial... sadness, anger, fear.... lots and lots of fear. And… Continue reading Prenatal diagnosis + global pandemic
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
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)
Last weekend, our family was interviewed by the President of Orange Socks, and we couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to share our story. March 1, 2017, we went in for a routine ultrasound appointment, the 20 week anatomy scan. After 45 minutes of checking measurements, the ultrasound technician said, "I need to call… Continue reading Orange Socks: Inspiring Life Despite a Diagnosis
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ~ Buckminister Fuller, inventor and visionary. We are asked to step into a new and exciting time. What a beautiful opportunity it is to be on earth now. What powerful beings we are… Continue reading A Summer to Celebrate
In Niko's first 2 months of life, he had his first surgery and his first Pamidronate infusion! This is a treatment for Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and Niko will get it for as long as he is growing.
Today, we continue to celebrate the birth and life of our son, Nicola Gian Francis Watson. Niko was born on July 15, 2017. His story starts long ago, long before God planted a seed of desire in our hearts for another baby. Our souls met lifetimes ago and we knew we'd be here, at this… Continue reading Born Fragile Yet Strong: The Story of Our Son, Niko Gian Francis Part 1