Andrew’s story: Fighting cancer at 10 weeks old

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Nov. 20, 2015 … Our cherished baby Andrew lay cradled in my arms for the very first time. Labor and delivery proceeded beautifully and life was as it should be. Full Entry »

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Why didn’t anyone tell me about all the noises newborns can make?

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I still remember bringing my firstborn daughter home. I had read every book I could get my hands on, I was a pediatrician-in-training and I had worked with children my entire life, leading up to that moment. I felt about as prepared as they come. The first two nights in the hospital were a breeze, as they often are, because children have a funny sense of humor. They love to give their parents a false sense of security. It is just like when they come to the doctor’s office and act completely healthy, when five minutes ago, at home, you were wondering if you needed to take them to the emergency room because they looked deathly ill. Don’t worry folks, this pediatrician is a mom too; your kids don’t fool me. Full Entry »

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One question could save your child’s life

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As we begin yet another summer filled with vacations, pool parties and family cookouts, parents are faced with asking many questions on how to give their children a safe and fun summer. As you prepare to send your children off to their friend’s or grandparent’s homes for carefree summer fun, you should ask some important questions to help ensure a safe environment for your children. Some questions to consider include: Full Entry »

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A call to advocate for patients with food allergies

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Important food allergy statistics

  • There are 15 million Americans with food allergies and this number is only increasing.
  • 1 in every 13 children is allergic to one or more foods; this is two children per classroom in America.
  • Upon entering school, children may have their first reaction to food(s). The reaction can be severe, requiring the use of epinephrine auto-injectors in the school.
  • It is important for food-allergic children to be safe from life-threatening allergic reactions in schools.

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World Sickle Cell Day: Joshua’s story

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We received Joshua’s diagnosis as a result of his amniocentesis. I was so afraid not knowing what this would mean for my unborn child. I shared the news with my mother. She held me and explained that sickle cell is not a death sentence. People live with it every day and they live long, healthy lives. She didn’t blink. I had no idea she would react this way. This was the first time she heard the news as well. She did as mothers do. She was accepting. Accepting of whatever the conditions or circumstances, and convincing in knowing we would do what we need to do. When my husband came home we shared the news with him. He was upset, but as such a silent partner I only wondered how he really felt. My husband is more about moving forward than worrying about things we cannot change. So we move forth together. Full Entry »

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