Posts in category "PANDAS/PANS Awareness"

One year later. How the Women's March changed me. Part 2

[Please click here to read Part 1] In January 2017, upon my return from the Women’s March, I realized I no longer feared living my life as a single woman. I’d been separated for more than a year and was finalizing a divorce, but when I returned from D.C., I felt — perhaps for the first time... Read more »

One year later. How the 2017 Women's March changed me. Part 1

[Click Here To Read Part 2] Why is it that, as women, we’re encouraged to downplay our accomplishments? Why do so many of us feel uncomfortable expressing success,  strength, and growth? And why is self-confidence something women tiptoe around? I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but I’m sharing what I’ve accomplished since... Read more »

Illinois finally has a budget, Gov Rauner. Time to pick up your pen, sign this PANDAS / PANS bill into law, and help kids with brain inflammation get the medical care they deserve.

[From the press release I just wrote, urging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into law] ILLINOIS TO BECOME 1st STATE REQUIRING INSURERS COVER TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD POST-INFECTIOUS DISORDERS PANDAS/PANS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 7, 2017 Families with sick children are eagerly awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into... Read more »
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Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.
(This letter first appeared in article form on my LinkedIn page on 3/17/17. I composed and posted the piece only after consulting with — and receiving direct input and approval from — parents, physicians, legislators, medical advocates and international researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health). An Open Letter To Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner... Read more »

I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.

I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.
I am not a doctor, nor do I purport to offer any medical advice whatsoever. But as a mother and an advocate for Pandas/Pans Advocacy & Support, this post grew from a place of epic concern. Had you told me my 100th blog post would… 1) discuss a House Bill up for review in the... Read more »

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write

Boy, 13, Takes Own Life On Christmas Eve. The Press Release I Was Not Prepared To Write
I’ve written only two press releases in my life, both in the past 4 months, both covering a set of pediatric autoimmune disorders called PANDAS & PANS. Only one of those press releases — this one — brought me to my knees.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – January 5, 2017 — The national non-profit organization Pandas/Pans... Read more »
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