May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

As a 2 time Preeclampsia survivor I have a special place in my heart for preeclampsia awareness. Preeclampsia was first described by Hippocrates around 400BC. Today we still know very little about this disorder that (combined with other hypertensive disorders) results in 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period that affects 5-8% of all pregnancies. The disorder rapidly progresses putting the lives of both mother and baby in danger. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood … [Read more...]

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#beBRCAware About BRCA Gene Mutations

I received $150 from AstraZeneca, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/AstraZeneca. We all know how devastating cancer can be. If you ask a group of people if cancer has effected their lives in any way most will say they have either lost a loved one to cancer or have their own cancer experience to share. Women are constantly reminded how important it is to get screened for breast cancer. We reach a certain age when mammograms become a part of life. We subject ourselves to dreaded pap smears to check for many … [Read more...]

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Get the Holidays Right – Adopt or Foster Parent

I want six children. That was my wish as a child. As an adult, 6 kids were out of reach, but kids were an important part of my life. My first daughter was born in 1987. Then for ten years I waited for the right man to come along that would be a father to my daughter and want more children. Blessed to find my husband, who adopted Alicia our expectation for more children was at a standstill. Miscarriages kept that hope far away. Foster care was discussed, but for many reasons, we couldn’t do it. I still regret that to this day. We did have another child who was a very welcomed addition to our … [Read more...]

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Long Night Documentary: Sex Trafficking in the United States

We are counting down the days to my daughter’s 16th birthday. Sweet Sixteen. But many girls, some even younger, are involved in sex trafficking in the United States. Trafficking is not localized to third world countries and the documentary, The Long Night by Tim Matsui, shares the painful details of girls caught up in this horrible lifestyle. The Film Located in Seattle, the film follows the lives of Lisa and Natalie who have completely different childhoods, but end up caught in the web of prostitution. Both have been raped, beaten and arrested. Both have felt dirty and shamed. Both have … [Read more...]

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Gifts that Give Back: World Vision #Giveaway

World Vision provided a gift. All opinions are my own as always. The best type of holiday gifts are those that give back. World Vision has over 100 gifts which make a difference in other’s lives. Known for gifts such as goats, bicycles, sheep and ducks, they are given to people in poverty to help them earn their own money tp help end poverty. Just like “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Yes, these gifts are donations but you can get them in honor of someone. A card is sent to that person as well. At the World Vision … [Read more...]

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