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Grateful for Support and Care While Living Abroad

by Nicola Burrows on Thursday, Nov 02, 2023

I am so thankful that I had parents who advocated for me from the first hour. They made sure I went to every follow-up appointment, took my antibiotics one hour before dental care, ate well, exercised, etc. And once I became an adult, it was my turn to either continue taking care of myself or not. I chose to do the former.

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Heart Care: Generation to Generation

by Nicola Burrows on Thursday, Apr 06, 2023

“What happened to you there?” was a question I frequently received from kids and adults alike growing up. During my teenage years, I remember trying to wear shirts that would go practically to my neck so they would cover my scar and I could avoid the question (not that I minded telling what happened; I was just not a fan of the way it was asked sometimes). 

I even remember being in my 20s, getting a massage and the guy telling me, as if I didn’t know, that I had two scars on my back (which were from shunts being inserted at the age of 1 day and 18 months). I refrained, but almost acted like I didn’t know and wanted to make a big scene! 

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