Watching your kid suffer through a serious illness is every parent's worst fear. But for many parents, this is a reality--and a reality that is often not talked about. This is why the SickKids…Foundation created an ad that illustrates what moms go through when their child is suffering through an illness--and how strong moms have to be during these moments of pain. The ad is also unique in that it features real moms of kids who are battling an illness or disease. The video has definitely struck a heart wrenching… >> Read More
I take a handful of pills in the morning. Every morning. A couple of vitamins, yeah, but mostly it’s meds to cover various ailments and conditions. Apparently, I drew the short straw when it comes…to general health. Every so often, one of the conditions flares, or I get some flu or bronchial thing, and we have to add a pill or two. That means two handfuls of pills, because I can’t swallow them all at once. This routine comes after I’ve already pricked my finger to draw some blood… >> Read More
I used to live by the old adage “everything happens for a reason.” I felt that if I didn’t get the grade I expected or the job I wanted, it wasn’t meant to be. Likewise, if I ran into someone…I had been hoping to see unexpectedly at the grocery store, I believed it was fate. In my younger years, I found comfort clinging to the idea that there was a higher, divine purpose to our lives. But then my best male friend from college, Jason, died of brain cancer in 2006 at age 27,… >> Read More
I advocated for my mom one last time after she died.
Don't get me wrong. I’ve never gone in much for taking up “causes.” I usually find that the nuances of an issue are lost when it’s…reduced to talking points and slogans. Or maybe it’s the attorney in me, who finds it too tempting to argue all sides, making it difficult to commit to one point of view. But once, I was an activist for a situation that was personal as well as public, a problem impinging directly both on my… >> Read More
Dealing with an illness is hard for anyone, but it's even more difficult to watch your child have a life-threatening illness that requires a heart transplant. This is what happened to the Schultz…family when their now 5-year-old son was diagnosed with critical aortic stenosis before he was even born, according to Echo of Hope, the website his parents set up detailing his condition. His parents explained how Ari underwent two successful heart surgeries before being born, and has had over 20 surgeries since, resulting in having three of his… >> Read More