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)

Niko Gian · Occupational therapy · Osteogenesis Imperfecta

9 Things I’d Love to Share with Occupational Therapy Students

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┬ápediatric 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

joy · Prenatal Diagnosis

Orange Socks: Inspiring Life Despite a Diagnosis

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

Niko Gian

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month

"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

Children · Faith · Family · joy · Niko Gian · Uncategorized

Big Milestone for Niko

No one ever said he wouldn't walk.... No one ever said he wouldn't crawl. Most have said, "We don't know." The only thing scarier than the unknown... .... scarier than the not-knowing of how a future will play out... ... how our son's life will unfold.... .... whether he will live a full and purposeful… Continue reading Big Milestone for Niko