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  I have battled depression as long as I can remember. I didn’t label it as such when I was a teenager, I just remember mornings where I couldn’t get out of bed, and then the same thing happening for...

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Friend, I've been there.   Forget all the taboo discussing mental health! Do you want to know the plain and simple truth?   It’s all a bunch of chemicals.   People usually maintain homeostasis, but sometimes stuff goes awry. Depression and anxiety are just words...
October 5 has new meaning for our family this year as we celebrate Pause for PBD, the annual awareness day of The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders. At nearly five months old, our son, John, would be starting to hit...
The shopping cart. Symbol of consumerism and engine to every Target Mom Machine. But what about those cumbersome motorized shopping carts near the door of your favorite big box or grocery store? Who uses them? Injured people? Older adults? Not...

The Whisper of Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the cancer that whispers. This is because its symptoms are often quiet and go unnoticed, which results in 70% of cases being discovered in the later stages of the disease. My own experience...
I was nominated to write this post because, "Julie likes to run a hundred miles (or something)," Fair enough. I DO like to run and yes, when I can, a trail is my first choice. Many of our family vacations involve...
Part 1 – Our strabismus burden Everyone loves baby photos! Those sweet cheeks and big, bright eyes… who could resist?! When my daughter turned five months old, we knew she was undeniably cute, but something was off. There was something...
I write about motherhood as an access point to the soul. Motherhood was the thing that cracked me open for the first time and exposed all my vulnerabilities. There was no hiding the unfamiliar, the learning curve of caring...
There’s one part of every kid birthday party I hate: the food part. It’s always pizza and cake, and usually my son doesn’t care that he can’t have any. He eats his meal before the party, and I bring his...

My Son Has a Fake Eye

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This article is in support of August being the National Children’s Eyecare Awareness Month. If you’d like to see more eyecare articles, please click here! You read the title right. My son has a fake eye. We noticed at birth...
Four months ago, I gave birth to my second baby. As I write this, I’m in the throes of new motherhood. My hair is falling out (thank you, postpartum hair loss) and, to be brutally honest, I feel fat...
Last fall I was participating in a trail race with a long-time running friend. As we reached a steep downhill littered with large rocks and roots, we slowed down a bit to watch our footing. As we did so,...

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Madison Events | December 2019

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If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained, we have got you covered with Madison events and happenings! Our...