parenting

My first parent-teacher conference was eye-opening

In our school district, the first two days of the holiday break were reserved for parent-teacher conferences. I quickly scheduled a meeting with my 5-year-old son Cayden’s kindergarten teacher. Because this year is his first in elementary school, it was also my first time attending such a conference. Before…

Why I’ve Been Feeling Oddly Calm Lately

Living with or caring for someone with a rare disease means that life is often hectic. Between the endless appointments with specialists, infusions and other therapies, getting sick, and other responsibilities, it can feel like there’s barely any downtime. Eventually, one grows accustomed to the lifestyle, which makes things…

Reaching a Milestone as We Prepare for Kindergarten

Soon, I will attend a meeting to discuss transitioning my 4-year-old son, Cayden, to elementary school during the next school year. I’m both nervous and excited about the meeting and the transition. I knew this day would come, but it feels as if it snuck up on us faster than…