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In 1990, when I was 17-years-old, I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. I realized quickly that it was forever—there was no turning back. It takes a lot of work to manage my disease. Some days are good; while others are › Continue Reading

I get a little emotional when I think about the amount of pain my daughter was experiencing before she attended the Functional Independence Restoration Program, which is an intensive, inpatient rehabilitative program for kids with chronic pain and disability. Before this › Continue Reading

The Support We Needed

Earlier today the 2014 March for Babies employee campaign was launched at Cincinnati Children’s. I’m honored to be serving, with my husband and daughter, as the ambassador family for this year’s campaign. Our experience with the March of Dimes, and › Continue Reading

Two and a half years ago I gave my daughter Alexis a kiss as she was wheeled into an operating room. The doctors told us that the surgery to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma would likely result › Continue Reading

My 12-year-old son Joey is five in a million. He is an A/B student, member of the chess club, on the Odyssey of the Minds team, loves to hang out with his friends and is hilarious. But that’s not what › Continue Reading

Whether it was his intent or not, Benjamin Scot did an amazing thing for prematurity awareness month when he began capturing footage of his premature infant son just days after his birth. You may have seen Benjamin’s video – “Ward › Continue Reading

In 2007 my grandpa was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. It was honestly one of the scariest times in my life. His type of cancer was sadly not curable. He went through a few surgeries and several rounds of › Continue Reading

March 8, 2012 – The twins are sick! Both of them have fevers and are coughing a ton! March 11, 2012 – Still both very sick and haven’t slept much since Thursday night. Fevers are very high – going to › Continue Reading

I don’t remember it of course, but the photo on the left was taken after my first surgery for hip dysplasia. I was diagnosed at 11 months and by 13 months underwent my first surgery. You see, I was born › Continue Reading

Our son Adam (far left in the photo above), a high school swimmer and childhood soccer player, began complaining of knee pain in January 2010. This is not unusual among swimmers (or soccer players for that matter) – they swim › Continue Reading

Leaving Home

Leaving home to travel for a family member’s medical care is a difficult decision to make, but for so many of the families who choose to make a trip to Cincinnati Children’s, the right care makes the decision easier. And › Continue Reading

As we approach the 5 year anniversary of my son-in-law Rob’s death, I reflect mostly on how his decision has affected the lives of his two daughters, Sam and Emma. Suicide has been described as ‘a permanent solution to a temporary problem,’ › Continue Reading

The Power of a Story

Over the last month or so, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2012, and I’ve come to realize that when you share your story, others are willing to share theirs and big things happen. As people learn about our › Continue Reading

Cancer Mama

When I was young, I loved to dream of all the things I could be when I was older.  The possibilities seemed endless and my list was endless. Of all the things I thought I would ‘be’ in my life, › Continue Reading

This month we are sharing reader-submitted stories that reveal the true spirit of the holiday season. This is Erin’s story of understanding and friendship when it’s needed most. My name is Erin Moore and I am the mother of 4 › Continue Reading

My name is Ashleigh Baker and I have been a Cincinnati Children’s patient my whole life. I was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and I have been patiently waiting my tenth surgery which is finally tomorrow! As › Continue Reading

Last we met the Vaughn family, they told a story of a fragile Christmas baby who was fighting for his life. When Lisa and Anthony Vaughn’s son was born on Christmas Day, 2008, they named him Immanuel. He weighed 1 › Continue Reading

We have always loved this time of year. Gathering with friends and family, sharing time and food, and taking a few moments to pause and remember what we are all thankful for is so important to me and my family. › Continue Reading

After several months of public speaking, newsletters, personal invitations and phone calls, my granddaughter Sam and her team ROCKED at Cincinnati Walks for Kids on October 20, 2012. She took her place on the stage at the walk that Saturday › Continue Reading

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Well, to us, that picture is worth a million words and one huge thank you. William “Bryce” Staverman was born with most of his cerebellum missing, has cerebral palsy, and a multitude › Continue Reading

in the middle

Tonight when I went to kiss my Asher at bedtime, he stopped me and said, No. Your nose. I want to kiss your nose. So I moved my nose closer and his little five year old lips found their way › Continue Reading

On March 30, 2008, my son-in-law, Rob, took his own life.  We were celebrating my granddaughter’s 10th birthday when the call came in.  Rob left his 2 little girls, his wife and the rest of his family that day….That was › Continue Reading