How Do I Know if I Have a Sleeping Disorder? Life can be so full of change and stress from a number of causes that (especially if you are a parent) just about anything can trigger sleep loss. We all know how important sleep is to our overall health and how miserable life can be when you go without it. Lots of people have trouble sleeping. But, how can you tell if your problem is just a temporary imbalance, or if you have a more serious sleep disorder? What is normal? Losing sleep because … [Read more...]
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I’m not someone who’s starstruck. Sure I appreciate talent and I am an avid movie goer. Sure, I’d have a hard time giving up my favorite television shows or Netflix account, but I don’t look to movie and television stars as my heroes or role models. That is until I met Holly Robinson Peete. She’s an actress, author, talk show host, philanthropist, and—where I find inspiration the most—mom to four children, one with autism. In 1997, Holly and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, … [Read more...]
It seems like most women I know either had a tough pregnancy or difficult birthing experience. Luckily, my pregnancy was pretty easy though I had to go in to the doctor's office every other week for the first two trimesters because I was considered "high-risk" due to my age (anyone over 35 years of age is placed in this category). However, the delivery was anything but and between hemorrhaging due to a torn placenta and emergency C-section it was a tough ordeal. Because of the torn … [Read more...]
Next weekend is the annual CHOC “Walk in the Park” event presented by the Disneyland Resort. The Walk, which will be held the morning of Sunday, October 11, is the largest, most unique single pediatric walk event in the nation. Among the event’s estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan. This year’s event is all the more special as the CHOC Walk commemorates its 25th silver anniversary against the sparkling backdrop of the Disneyland Resort … [Read more...]
“[Eunice Kennedy Shriver] will be remembered ... as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation - and our world - that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit. ” ~U.S. President Barack Obama History of the Special Olympics: I am always amazing how it can take one person to care about a situation and how many lives they can affect when the go after creating good! It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when … [Read more...]