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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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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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Do I have the flu?

A few weeks ago we talked a little about getting sick after having the flu shot. With norovirus circulating in a big way right now I’ve seen an influx of questions across social media from people who got the flu shot this season and are now dealing with bad gastro symptoms. I’m sorry you’re so…

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Roald Dahl and his Olivia

We’ve all grown up on Roald Dahl’s beautiful stories of extraordinary children and the magical things that happen to them. What we might be less familiar with is the story of his own daughter, Olivia, who died from the measles in 1962, before there was a measles vaccine. She was seven years old and an…

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