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My Personal Experience With ALS

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The irony in being a blogger is that I was such an emotionally closed young adult. Now that I’m well into adulthood, some would say I won’t STFU.

In the past few weeks, The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made me even more verbal. Lucky you!

My father died of ALS in 1997 at the age of 54. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Basically, it’s a death sentence. While many medical professionals call it one of the worst ways to die, ALS traps a person’s mind and soul into a motionless body.

I was only 18 when my dad was handed his fatal diagnosis.

My hopes of moving to Vancouver and attending UBC quickly faded —  I knew I had to stay home and help my mom and brother care for my dad. And I did just that for the following 4 years.

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Critics of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Should STFU & Learn More

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By now you’ve definitely heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS.

In the trending campaign, people are asking 2-3 of their friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. If your friends do not accept the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to an ALS association of choice. 

The Internet sensation – taken on by celebrities, famous athletes, high-profile CEOs, politicians and everyday people – has created an unprecedented spike in donations for ALS research.

According to ALS Association President Barbara Newhouse, the organization has never been in a “better position” to fight the fatal disease.

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Review: Latch On To Munchkin And Their Travel Accessories

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Do you take a lot of road trips with your babe(s)? Or do you find yourself in your vehicle taking them everywhere?

Wouldn’t it be great to have your vehicle set up so that travel-time with your baby/toddler is more efficient?

Well once again Munchkin is a great go-to brand to make sure that you’re covered with all things baby. And this time, we’re taking a closer look at some of their travel accessories as well their new LATCH baby bottle that may be a great addition to your baby essentials.

Munchkin Toddler Travel SetMy two daughters – 2-years old and 9-months old – come everywhere with me in our lovely mini-van. And as my toddler gets older, I’m noticing how things are changing such as the amount of crumbs accumulating in her car seat, to the number of toys she wants to bring in/out of the vehicle, etc. I decided to order the Munchkin Toddler Travel Set for her. The Toddler Travel Set includes a car organizer, a big kid cup, and a set of educational flash cards.

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Join Me & Take The Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS

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By now many of you have heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS.

In the trending campaign, people are asking 2-3 of their friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads. If your friends do not accept the challenge within 24 hours, they must donate $100 to an ALS association of choice. 

In the last few weeks, the #IceBucketChallenge has literally soaked some of our favorite celebrities, including Justin Timerlake, Jimmy Fallon and Martha Stewart. Not to mention, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other business heavyweights such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Twitter’s Dick Costolo have joined in on the fun.

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Plus-Size Women Embrace #fatkini Power

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It’s summertime which only means one thing — dusting off our swim trunks.

And while many of us dread this time of year, there’s a new campaign urging women to embrace their curves in bikinis.

The #fatkini body awareness campaign is sweeping social media. Thousands of plus-size women are accepting their bodies and sharing shots via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Long gone are the days of fat shaming! The #fatkini hashtag is filled with inspiring photos of women in their two-piece bathing suits.

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The Signs & Symptoms Of Depression

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After the shocking news of Robin Williams‘ suicide on Monday, the world has been mourning the loss of a comedic and acting genius.

He lit up our living rooms for years in hilarious and inspirational films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Patch Adams.

Many people are shocked that the funniest man in the world was also the saddest man in the world. How can this be? Why couldn’t he just ‘snap’ out of it? Didn’t he think of his loved ones before he hanged himself?

These, and many other questions, have crossed the minds of many in the past few days. Let’s seize this tragic moment to become educated on depression, mental illness and addiction. Before you shrug this off, assuming that this does not apply to you or your loved ones, we urge you to continue reading.

Let us join together and learn about the darkness of depression in hopes of shedding light on mental illness. We must destigmatize depression and stop telling people to simply ‘snap out of it.’ Depression hurts – both physically and emotionally. Let’s take a moment and learn about the warning signs for ourselves and our loved ones.

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