Twins Born Prematurely: Our Story 28 Years Later

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Each November as families around the U.S. celebrate Prematurity Awareness Month, my family also has a celebration of our own. My twin sister Lauren and I were born prematurely at 28 weeks on January 18, 1986 and were cared for by the incredible team at Texas Children’s Newborn Center. We weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces and 2 pounds, 7 ounces, had a serious lack of lung development and couldn’t breathe on our own. I also gave my parents a scare when my heart stopped beating on Valentine’s Day. Full Entry »

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The Many Faces Of Epilpsey

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Growing up, I always loved the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. I couldn’t get enough. The stories made me laugh, made me cry and everything in between. I felt a kinship and personal connection with the story-tellers, and always closed each book wanting to know more. The books were always such an inspiration, and made me believe that one day I could write a book of my own. Full Entry »

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Find Out If You Are At Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

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About 1 in 300 children has type 1 diabetes. These children need to take insulin injections, check their blood sugar many times daily, count the carbs in every bite, factor in exercise, and basically think about their diabetes all day –and many times all night too. It is hard, very hard, on them and on their families, who worry about what may happen if things aren’t done correctly. Imagine giving injections to a 2 year old, or guessing how much your 7 year old will run at the game today, or nagging your teenager about checking blood sugars before eating with his friends…

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World Prematurity Day: A Closer Look At Premature Births From Around The Globe

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Did you know that in the Unites States 1 in 9 babies are born prematurely and that over the past 25 years, our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent? In Texas, 12.3 percent of babies in 2013 were born prematurely, often requiring specialized care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is down from 13.7 percent in 2006. In the United States premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survived an early birth are often left with lifetime health challenges. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are important to a baby’s health because many important organs, including the brain and lungs, are not completely developed until then. And according to the March of Dimes, globally over 15 million babies are born premature, with over a million dying as a result of early birth. With staggering numbers like these, it’s important to raise awareness. Full Entry »

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A Hidden Danger In The Home: Laundry Detergent Pods

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Since its introduction in the U.S. market in 2010, laundry detergent pods have been doing more than just keeping our clothes clean. Thousands of young children have been the unintentional victims of these seemingly safe products. An article recently published in Pediatrics showed that 17,230 children younger than 6 years of age were exposed to laundry detergent pods from 2012 to 2013, with ingestions accounting for 79.7% of cases. In this blog, I’m answering some important questions surrounding this topic:  Full Entry »

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