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842 days and 842 days

842 days. Today Jude has been gone for as long as he was here. I don’t understand this and I want to crawl back into bed at the thought of it and hide from everything. The 842 days that had all three of our kids in them were everything. In our 15 years together (ten…

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Shadows

  Just a little more than two years ago I would walk Isla to the bus, with not enough hands to hold all the tiny hands that wanted to hold mine. And every day I’d think what an incredibly wonderful problem this was, and how fortunate I was to have all these beautiful little people…

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‘This post is appalling.’

Yesterday I was berated on social media, and we need to have a conversation about it because there should be no cause for disagreement here. What did I post? Hi friends! A quick friendly reminder to stay home if you’re suffering from flu-like symptoms. The worst of the season is behind us, but influenza B…

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How can I take action?

On Tuesday I sat down and shared Jude with you. Some of you have been with me longer and already knew a lot of what I had to say, and some of you were hearing our story for the first time. (Facebook, Twitter, blog) Thank you, all of you who took the time to read…

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On my boys’ birthday

Originally posted on Facebook, January 16, 2018 Today is Thomas and Jude’s birthday. Thomas is four, and Jude isn’t, and the reality of this is awful. I’ve been sitting on this post all morning, wishing for the right words. They aren’t coming. I miss my boy. I hate that Isla and Thomas had to learn…

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Let’s talk about effectiveness

There’s an elephant in the room. The media is reporting that this year’s flu shot is only 10% effective, and that isn’t the news that we want to hear. Higher effectiveness means better prevention, fewer hospitalizations, and more lives saved, and 10% isn’t ideal. BUT. While most reports are giving us this 10% figure and…

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What’s in my flu shot, and why?

One of the things I’m asked about most frequently is the ingredients in the flu shot. Even though the flu shot is the most rigorously and frequently tested vaccine, even people who otherwise fully vaccinate sometimes question what goes into it. I get it. There’s a lot of rhetoric floating around and it’s easy to…

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One year ago today

One year ago today we asked you to join us in a conversation that we’d been quietly having in our own home, with doctors, with experts, since a phone call that knocked us off our feet only eight weeks earlier. For months people had been asking for more information, looking for details, trying to figure…

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We are not powerless.

A year ago today my phone rang and my life changed. I remember the first time Isla skinned a knee. She fell, she was a little banged up, and there were tears. I patched her up and she kept going, but even though there was nothing I could do to prevent it – skinned knees…

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The impossible

  One year. One year ago today our lives changed forever. Jude woke up with a low grade fever and hours later he was dead. Our beautiful, hilarious little boy, with the strawberry blonde rabbit fur hair, giant brown eyes, unbelievable eyelashes (clearly not inherited from me). Never again would we hear his belly laugh…

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