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Put Courage Into Those Facing Hard Battles

I have had two friends in the last three months give birth to premature babies. The first, Izzy, was born six weeks early with a genetic condition called DiGeorge syndrome and an interrupted aortic arch. She is home now, on supplemental oxygen, after spending more than three months…

Finding the Purpose of My Column

You never know what will happen between waking up and the end of the day. That’s part of life. But waking up knowing that you might come home after a long day and have new wounds and blisters and be unable to walk any farther is something most people cannot…

Life Is Hard, but We Choose Joy Anyway

On Saturday night at 10 p.m., when we were exhausted and had spent the entire day at the baseball field, I got an idea — or a bee in my bonnet, as older folks in the South like to say. I decided I wanted my boys to hunt for their…

Remembering to Anticipate the Good

“Dilly Dilly!” Jonah said as he drank yet another virgin strawberry daiquiri. “Do we have these in America?” he asked with pink-tinged lips, looking hopeful. He finished, yanked off his shirt, G-tube shining, and headed to the wave pool. Again. Jonah enjoys his new favorite drink, a virgin strawberry…

Celebrating 13 Years of Our Miracle

I went down a rabbit hole this morning reading my old blog posts from 13 years ago, when our son Jonah was born. I teared up as I read the prayers I requested on the eve of his birth. My husband, Matt, and I had lost our first son,…

I No Longer View Self-care as a Chore

It is vital to take care of your body, especially when you live with a health condition. Otherwise, you might not be able to function or do the things you enjoy due to pain or other symptoms. Because I live with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare condition that causes my…

An EB Q&A for Rare Disease Day

In light of Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28, I wanted to answer some common questions I am asked about my son Jonah, who has epidermolysis bullosa. This will be a pretty good column, but if you want to read something even cooler, you should head back to this…

So, Can I Still Become the Next Ana Ivanović?

We all grow up with certain beliefs about ourselves. Sometimes we don’t even question them. Other times, we may realize we were wrong all along. Or, we may choose to hold on to them. If our beliefs are positive, they could help us along our way. If not, they could…

A Day in My Shoes: The Small, Everyday Problems of EB

Many people living with rare disease often worry about health issues, government support, insurance, and being accepted by society. But we may also face minor, everyday problems. I was born with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare condition that makes my skin and mucus membranes very fragile. With the wrong…

Remembering to Be Grateful in the Pain

“Does he even know that it’s not normal?” my friend Trent asked. He was referring to the fact that my son Jonah, once again, was getting to do some ridiculous, once-in-a-lifetime thing. This time it was attending the World Series. An anonymous donor had contacted a fellow EB dad to…