I'm proud to have partnered with the OI Foundation in presenting this document for families and medical providers. new-diagnosis-toolkitDownload "Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to the OI family! The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is pleased to offer Newly Diagnosed:A Tool Kit for Parents to help you navigate the many questions you may haveduring this… Continue reading Osteogenesis Imperfecta: New Diagnosis Toolkit
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
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)
I recently spoke on a parents panel at a local university, speaking to students in an OT program about working with an OT and having a child with special needs. I'd like to share the following, as it pertains to pediatric occupational therapy. The Early Intervention (EI) program and our team of therapists have changed our… Continue reading 9 Things I’d Love to Share with Occupational Therapy Students
This holiday will be filled with lights, glitter, colors, festivities, gathering, love and celebration... ... not without moments of worry, but with just a little less than ever before... ... a time to remember those who have passed, and to also remember just how far... we have come... This Christmas, I will feel just a… Continue reading Baby’s 2nd Christmas: A Meaningful Milestone
"I think he has a form of Dwarfism." This was the moment it all started getting blurry for me. During our follow up ultrasound, at 20 weeks pregnant, our doctor said these words to us. Shock, confusion, curiosity and denial flooded waves over us. I wondered how anyone could tell with such certainty that this… Continue reading October is Dwarfism Awareness Month
Niko will be 1 next week! Can you believe it!? 26 fractures at birth 13 hours of labor for mom 6 IV infusions 5 days in the NICU 4 prenatal ultrasounds 3 siblings who adore him 2 parents who are beside themselves with his presence 1 big birthday boy + 923 miles to Omaha and… Continue reading Niko is almost 1 + 6th infusion
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