Since it is December 11th and yesterday was Tiny’s (and Kathryn’s) first birthdays, and tomorrow is the one year anniversary since we lost Kathryn, I thought this was a great Tuesday to feature my own battle with TTTS.
Our daughters are monochorionic-diamniotic (Mo/Di) twins – one placenta, two sacs. Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) occurs in roughly 15-20% of Mo/Di twins, and sadly is the cause of more deaths of babies each year than SIDS, yet it is still relatively unknown and often not treated when and how it should be.
We were officially diagnosed with TTTS at 20W and 2 days during our regularly scheduled Anatomy ultrasound… Continue reading
World TTTS Awareness Day 2013
Another year has passed and I’m not sure all that much has changed. Babies are still dying at alarming rates and so many babies are being born prematurely, some with severe disabilities, due to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. It has high costs on our society – on families and on medical costs.
I’m posting over at Fight TTTS today with a little more details on WHY this should matter to everyone. I’m closing comments here in the hopes that you will go read the other post! Please visit that post by clicking World TTTS Awareness Day 2013.
Today is Giving Tuesday
You can help WaterAid double their contributions by making a donation today. A WaterAid supporter challenged WaterAid and all of its supporters to raise $50,000 by today, #GivingTuesday. If we make that goal, every penny of the $50,000 will be matched!
I have written about WaterAid before and why I believe this is such an important cause to support. We live in a country where clean water is never even a consideration for most of us. We have access to drinking water that won’t kill us. We have running water for showers and baths and laundry… even watering our yards and washing our cars. Some countries… Continue reading
… of good forever friends can never be underestimated.
I write about one of my groups of forever friends in an essay publish in yet ANOTHER book. Yes friends, another book! So now we have Sunshine After the Storm, The Mother of All Meltdowns (currently on big time sale!) the free Gratitude Ebook, and now, I am excited to announce the Launch Day of The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship. I am one of 50 contributors to this anthology of women’s friendship essays.
My contribution entitled “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” is an essay about my group of… Continue reading
So, as you know, I’ve been published in a few books lately. The Mother of All Meltdowns is a really great book, detailing real stories of real moms in their worst moments. None of us are perfect, and through these stories (some that will make you laugh, some will make you cry) 30 of us share real life “mom” moments.
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Have You Ever Had the Mother of all Meltdowns?
I had to laugh when I read the Dose Girls’ post today: Is That Turkey Disguised as Elton John? You see, my son had to do exactly the same project for school. The gist of it is, they were sent home with a drawing of a turkey, and they were to “disguise” it so that it would not be recognizable, and therefore, saved from Thanksgiving.
Hide the Thanksgiving Turkey!
Now the project was fun, and we had a good time decorating it, but I kept wondering, “Why, exactly, are we sending the message to our kids that they should HIDE the turkey?” I mean, it was a fun project… Continue reading
Our pre-school director informed us at the beginning of the school year that the school had taken on a new weekly service project. Each Thursday we would pick up 20 backpacks from the local coordinator and fill them with food to send home with children for the weekend.
Without these backpacks, these children and their siblings would likely not have anything to eat until breakfast at school the following Monday morning.
That, in itself, is heartbreaking. But what she told us next brought me to tears. “We will provide boxed milk and juice, canned foods, fruit cups, granola bars. They all have to be able to be easily opened… Continue reading
Today is the First World Toilet Day. Admit it. You laughed when you saw the toilet and thought “what the heck??” Another odd DAY. World Toilet Day… really? I know when I saw the post on Another Jennifer (who keeps me informed on all of the important Social Good things happening.)
I should have known about this one because I am a big supporter of WaterAid, who is behind this campaign. We all need clean water.
But really, there is nothing funny about World Toilet Day.
Where there are no toilets, people die. Clean water and sanitary conditions keep people healthy. Where there are… Continue reading
World Prematurity Day
Today we’ll be joining hundreds of thousands of people in making our voices heard about prematurity.
If you’ve ever even had to spend ONE day in a NICU, you know it is not a fun place to be. Imagine spending 25 days there? Imagine EIGHT FOUR. That’s how long Tiny spent in the NICU. 12 weeks to the day.
Y’all, the complications that come from Prematurity are scary. Brain bleeds, bowel abruptions, feeding and breathing issues, heart, lung, eyesight, hearing and other complications. Higher risks for Cerebral Palsy and Autism. And prematurity is the largest reason for infant death. According to the March of Dimes, more than… Continue reading