No more isolation

Having a baby with HIE quickly became isolating for one mom, who desperately was looking for support.

Nicolette felt like she was drowning, trying to process emotions she couldn’t even put words to in a world she never knew existed and didn’t understand, she said.

 

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A special bond

What started as a bond over the internet has grown into a lifelong friendship.

For Nikki Lang and Brittany Beimourtrusting, their friendship began with the common experience of their little girls -- born only a day apart -- suffering HIE. They met on the Hope for HIE parent forum on Facebook and leaned on each other for support as they adjusted to parenthood.

 

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Give HOPE this holiday season

As we kick off this year’s holiday giving campaign, we want to take a moment to show you where your donations go when you make a donation to Hope for HIE.

We are a non-profit organization focused on providing resources and support to the families of children who have suffered HIE, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. We are entirely run by volunteers, who are parents of children with HIE. And we represent thousands of families across the globe with all outcomes, from children who are unaffected by their injury to those we have lost.

When you give to Hope for HIE, your donation supports our mission of helping families impacted by HIE.

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Why Mama Gump is a Great Role Model for Other Special Needs Parents

Maybe Mama Gump went a little far “ensuring Forrest’s education” on a hot summer evening with the principal, but as a special needs parent, I watched Forrest Gump in a whole new light, after my son was born and diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.

This life is a bit more complex raising and trying to empower a child with disabilities, and taking on a society that is still woefully behind on inclusion and accommodations to ensure equity. It’s a battle many of us fight with school districts, parks and recreation programs, and even the perceptions of our neighbors.

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Three Years Into the Journey

What I wish I understood 3 years ago when I boarded on this journey:

I wish I knew that I would cope no matter how tough it gets

That I should have enjoyed my baby every second instead of worrying about the future that I couldn't stop or change

That I would love her no matter what

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