Posts by author: Anitra

When it comes to buying gifts for our kiddos – for birthdays and holidays – it can be tricky to know what to invest in. Will it stay on the tray? Will she be able to access and activate it? Will he be interested in it? Or… will it end up collecting dust in the […]

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Families from Illinois and nearby Iowa met up in September for an afternoon of play and fun. It was incredible spending time together and hearing how everyone is doing. A huge thank you to Keely Absher, mom of sweet Paige, for setting up this awesome event! Hope you enjoy the pics!

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Winners Announced!

May 16, 2019 by

Happy spring to all! Thanks to everyone who updated their information with the Wolfhirschhorn.org Family Location Database last month! Here are the 5 winners of the headphones: The Beal Family The Brunson Family The Gallaro Family The Guidry Family The Worlitz Family (Winners were selected old-school style: names drawn from a bowl.) Thanks again, everyone, […]

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WHS Awareness Day is April 16. On this date, we share our experiences of knowing, loving and celebrating individuals with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality resulting from a deletion on the short arm of the 4th Chromosome. If you know a child or an adult with WHS, you’ve likely come to know that we are all connected […]

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Thank you SO much to all who have ordered the Superhero Story Book, our 2019 Valentine’s Day Fundraiser. You are superstar supporters, and we appreciate you and all you do for our kids! If you haven’t ordered yet, don’t worry… there’s still time! Orders are due by EOD this Friday, Jan. 25. The Superhero Story Book […]

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Love is our children’s greatest superpower! That’s why we’re so excited to launch our 2019 Valentine’s Day Fundraiser: The Superhero Story Book! This colorful, inspiring paperback photo book features 36 superheroes – children with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, who wow us every day with their bravery and heart. Thank you to the families who shared pictures of their awesome kiddos! […]

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If you’ve ever wondered what a real superhero looks like, we have the answer! The Holiday Fundraiser item is a Superhero Photobook. Cover reveal… Within the pages of this special book, you’ll find the photos of 36 superheroes – children with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, who wow us every day with their bravery and heart. Here’s a […]

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Family. Joy. Hope. These are the very best things about the holidays – and also the things that unite us, as a community linked by a shared diagnosis and similar path through life. One thing that brings tremendous joy and hope to many of us is getting to know other children with WHS. Simply seeing another […]

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Posting 2018 Halloween Pics

October 29, 2018 by

Halloween is just hours away… so this is a quick reminder! If you’d like to participate in our tradition of sharing Halloween photos, be sure to snap a photo of your child in his or her costume. This year, we’ll be sharing Halloween photos on Facebook only. Visit our community (Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Awareness) to post a […]

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Hi everyone! Thanks so much to all who shared the Summer Fun Slideshow last month. As of today (Aug. 23), it’s been viewed 424 times!! We are thrilled that so many were able to see our kids enjoying summer. An extra thanks to the 25 families who participated in the event. We plan to do another […]

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We’re excited to share the WHS Summer Fun Slideshow! A total of 25 families – with children from age 9 months to adults age 22 years – contributed their amazing photos. Please share the link to this page with your family and friends. Wishing you all a safe, healthy and FUN summer! With love, The Wolf-Hirschhorn.org […]

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Summer is off an running. Let’s be real… how are you doing? On our end, we’ve done a few camps and used a daycare program sporadically, to get a little free time. And to give Elsa’s mobility a boost, we’ve been pushing her hard on walking. Naturally, it takes a lot of time and energy. […]

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I don’t want to write a super detailed post on this topic, but I did want to share that Elsa is going on the potty… regularly!! (She is age 6 1/2, and we’re just now officially making it part of our routine.) I think this new development is the result of a myriad of things: […]

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It’s International 4p- / Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Awareness Day – the day each year when we let those both in and outside of our immediate circle know more about the 4p- syndrome and the children and adults who are redefining what WHS means every day. If you have someone in your life with WHS, you likely […]

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Center of Attention

April 9, 2018 by

It’s easy to be hard on yourself, as a parent. As the mom of three small kids, things are busy. And often I take the path of (not least resistance, but…) greatest efficiency. I’m always trying to streamline, always thinking five steps ahead. Something I certainly don’t do enough: Make Elsa the center of attention. […]

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The weather has been pretty rough so far this winter, so we’re maximizing our indoor time. This has brought about some fun updates, which I’m excited to share… While we await a new standing frame, Elsa’s been standing at a chair that’s actually a decent height to facilitate up-right time. Last week, she surprised us […]

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And the 2017 winner is…

December 9, 2017 by

Sending a BIG thanks to the following kiddos for entering the 2017 WHS Halloween event! Your costumes were amazing, and so were your updates! Madison… Juniper… and Bryan! One of these kiddos will win an awesome Foamnasium set! The other two will win a fun prize. Elsa, my little gal with WHS, and her sisters selected the […]

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As family and friends of children and adults with WHS, we are all on the same team. And through wolfhirschhorn.org, we can support each other and cheer each other on. In this spirit, we are announcing the 2017 holiday fundraiser item is… a Team WHS hat!   The stories we share here at wolfhirschhorn.org are […]

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Our little girl has wings! Elsa, now 5 1/2, was a fairy this year for Halloween. She’s standing against the wall here – but still. Looking so good in standing these days. Can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes this year! Reminder that if you post to the WHS website, you could win an amazing prize […]

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Halloween Event 2017

October 8, 2017 by

It’s that time again, folks! Halloween is around the corner. And that means we’re kicking off our annual Halloween costume event. Every year, when the leaves begin to fall, and Oct. 31 draws near, our kiddos don their Halloween best and share their awesome costumes with us. It’s a tradition at Wolfhirschhorn.org. You post a […]

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Connecting Our Families

September 25, 2017 by

Wolfhirschhorn.org recently had the opportunity to connect the parents of a baby with WHS to a family with an older child with WHS. That’s because in addition to sharing stories about our kids, Wolfhirschhorn.org also maintains a database that enables us to make these important relationship matches. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated […]

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Sister Love

September 12, 2017 by

Our younger two daughters (ages 4 and 2) are often all over Elsa. It can be pretty cringe-worthy. They rub her cheeks and pat her head. They hold her hand… then squeeze it way too tight. They literally hug (choke) her with love. All day. Everyday. If they are unattended with her, things can go a […]

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When packing for vacation, and maximizing the backend our van, it can be hard to know what to bring. Beyond the essentials, my husband and I always hash out what positioning equipment will give our daughter Elsa the most comfort, access and independence, given the unique environmental factors of our destination. For our weeklong vacation earlier this month, […]

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Living in Lockstep

June 19, 2017 by

Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers – how are your backs holding up? Our Elsa isn’t walking yet, so that means lots of lifting. As a result, our backs often are aching and in need of stretching and TLC. Elsa is 5 years old and 36 pounds. A great size. A healthy size. No complaints there whatsoever. […]

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Three Girls in a Swing

May 22, 2017 by

Elsa was swinging so happily in the new therapy swing at our neighborhood park. It must have looked like the place to be. “Can I get in there?” my #2 asks. “Um, I guess we could try that,” I say. I squeeze two sets of little buns side-by-side in the green seat. It’ll work. “Me […]

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Bedtime Gear Essentials

April 25, 2017 by

What does bedtime look like for you? Here’s a little glimpse of our bedtime set up for Elsa. I like to think she seems pretty happy in there, despite all the gear and gadgets. She sleeps fairly well. (Although lately she seems to be waking up between 5 and 6 a.m., which is not ideal…) This video […]

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April 16 is Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Awareness Day. What will you do to spread the word and increase understanding among those in your sphere? Share your pics and stories (and the pics and stories of others!) on April 16: On Wolfhirschhorn.org On Facebook On Twitter (@wolf_hirschhorn) Thank you all for your support of and contributions to […]

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We’d love an update on how your kiddo is doing! What are the challenges you’re facing this week, or in the coming months? Are you contemplating a procedure, or do you have surgical outcomes to share? How is therapy going? What new things have you tried? Do seizures continue to be a big factor, and […]

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All that we carry

March 1, 2017 by

Do you ever stop and think about all that our children carry, in a single day, to meet their needs? We load it up so regularly, we seldom reflect on it. At least, that’s how I feel. But it hit home the other day. I was typing up an email to my 5-year-old daughter Elsa’s […]

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Elsa Turns Fabulous 5

January 31, 2017 by

Our big girl Elsa is now 5. And my-oh-my, there is a lot going on in our world. Here are some updates across the board: Seizure: After two years of being seizure free, our neurologist OK’d Elsa going off of her seizure med Depakene. We started weening off of it two months ago, and… so […]

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