Wrapping up her travel basketball season and beginning try-outs for the Walsh Jesuit freshman volleyball team, Jackie Deininger was on a 14-year-old girl’s Cloud Nine – feeling strong and healthy and excited about the new chapter in her life – high school. But things began to change when she developed the symptoms of a cold […]
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When I was pregnant, the thought of having twins was exciting and overwhelming. When I gave birth 7 weeks early, it was scary. But when I saw my baby girl for the first time, and she didn’t look as we expected, it was a huge mix of emotions. Our daughter, Olivia, was born with a […]
Samuel Horak loves food so much he started his own home-based restaurant at age 7. Fancy’s, as he calls it, has been serving up pretty much anything and everything available in Sam’s Akron kitchen for the past 2 years. “Sam loves to bake. And he’ll whip me up a grilled cheese for $1 or mix […]
We knew going into Sam’s most recent appointment with Dr. Karnani that he is allergic to tree nuts, sesame seeds and cats. We also knew there was the possibility that even though Sam had previously enjoyed peanut butter without a problem, his allergic reaction to a cashew in January may have triggered a potential future […]
Siblings often have lots of similar characteristics – eye color, temperament – but for the Broom family of Plain Township, their 3 boys have something in common that couldn’t be more different – autism spectrum disorder. “Autism isn’t a cookie-cutter disorder,” said the boys’ mom, Jodi Broom. “Like typical siblings each boy has his own […]
Mother’s Day is usually a time of celebration, when loved ones get together to honor the matriarch of the family. But for those new mothers whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit, the holiday can be overlaid with worry and fear. This year, a group of local residents, hospital staff, volunteers from Kids […]