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Day 6: A pilgrim in the Christmas tree…

This is the continuation of ‘The Thirteen Days of Arthur,’ a series of writings by Melissa Mouzin-Bennett, mom to Arthur Hancock… ********************* Arthur was born the week after Thanksgiving, so he came to us during a time when our family was joining  everyone else in getting ready for Christmas.  Several people told me that it was a shame that he was …

Day 4: Sticks and Stones…

This is the continuation of ‘The Thirteen Days of Arthur,’ a series of writings by Melissa Mouzin-Bennett, mom to Arthur Hancock… ********************* So the schoolyard rhyme says that names can never hurt me, but it’s wrong.  Broken bones heal, emotional scars from poorly chosen words take a lifetime to fade and they never completely heal.  Somehow …

Day 3: Dress to Impress…

This is the continuation of ‘The Thirteen Days of Arthur,’ a series of writings by Melissa Mouzin-Bennett, mom to Arthur Hancock… ********************* As I promised, the thirteen days of Arthur are about important virtues he taught us.  Today’s virtue is to always look your best.  I know you’re probably thinking that is not necessarily important to …

Perspectives: Living with a Prenatal Diagnosis of HPE

This entry is the beginning of a series called, ‘Perspectives.’ We will be bringing our readers a variety of perspectives, shared by HPE parents in different phases of the HPE journey. These phases include prenatally living with HPE, having an infant/toddler with HPE, having an elementary-aged child with HPE, having a teenager with HPE, having an adult …

I need to warn you that it’s contagious…

As a parent of a child with complex medical needs and the potential for recurring hospitalizations, the very last phrase we want to hear is, “it’s contagious”; however, when it comes to laughter, being contagious is welcomed and encouraged.  Laughter is good medicine for a stressed-out, sleep deprived parent. When we laugh, we trigger the …