Introducing Evan – And My Streak for Pediatric Stroke

February 21st. It’s the day that changed our lives forever. I can still remember the phone call I received from the doctor’s office – the nurse telling me that the pediatric neurologist had reviewed the results of our son Evan’s […]

Oliva’s Streak for Pediatric Stroke Blog Day 2

Before my little brother had a stroke, I didn’t even know what a stroke was. Now I know that kids have strokes. When people ask me why Evan wears a brace or walks a little funny, I make sure I […]

Julie’s Streak – Day 2 – Wednesday is Therapy Day

Even before Evan was diagnosed with having suffered a stroke, he started physical therapy. We may not have known what was causing him to keep his right hand in a fist, but fortunately, our pediatrician knew Evan needed some help. […]

A Major Part of Our Village – Raising a Child With Special Needs

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. When you are raising a child with special needs, that expression becomes a complete reality. My husband and I both work full-time and have very fulfilling careers, so […]

Big Sister Olivia Streaks for Pediatric Stroke – Day 4

I know my Mom is going to write about how amazing Bright Ideas is tomorrow, but I can’t wait to go back this summer. I’m excited to see my old friends and go swimming. From Olivia, Evan’s 7 year old […]

Those Three Little Words

Those Three Little Words Evan:     “I love you, Mom.” Me:        “I love you too, Evan” Evan:     “I love you, Mom.” Me:        “I. Looovvvve. Youuuuu.” Evan:     “Mom, you forgot to say something.” Me:        “I love you TOO.” […]

Big Sister Olivia Streaks for Pediatric Stroke – Day 3

Not sure what to say about this drawing today… Except, maybe that even when you are a kid, sometimes you wish you could be someone else. We all have good days and bad days. So, let’s try to be nice […]

Nothing Better Than a Great Snuggle When You Need it Most…

One of the things that I remember most about Evan from when he was an infant was how much he loved to be held and snuggled. I vividly recall, during my 10 weeks of maternity leave, that each day, Evan […]