March 24, 2020

My Instacart shopper, Zak, is hilarious. #spreadhumornotcorona #coronasoldier #zakattack

March 7, 2020

I met with my cochlear implant surgeon this week and received what I’ve billed “The Surgery Box.” The box contains all I need to be prepared for getting cut open, apparently. The surgeon was the 11th appointment I’ve had on this journey so far (not counting the 3 ear infection appointments). The health plan is really getting a workout this year.
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My first appointment was with the somber audiologist, who confirmed that my hearing had in fact taken a dump (technical term).
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She sent me to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor who was called a surgeon. I thought that meant he was the one who would do the implant. But no. I was going...

February 28, 2020

I had an MRI tonight for my cochlear implant evaluation (that’s not me in the picture). They put me inside that tube, up to about my waist. With that head mask thing over me.
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Right before I went into the MRI an announcement came over the intercom announcing a “Code Gray” which required “security personnel immediately.” I looked up Code Gray and saw that it meant there was a combative person in the hospital. I didn’t get to investigate further because the nurse called me back to put me into a tube.
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Look. I’ve seen enough Grey’s Anatomy to know that people are ALWAYS shooting up hospitals. So there I am, trapped in the tu...

February 21, 2020

So. I’m going deaf.
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Well, that’s hardly news. I’ve been marching towards deaf my whole life, it seems.
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They first noticed it in elementary school, when someone finally caught me cheating during one of those hearing tests where we all climbed into a motorhome-type vehicle, put on headphones, closed our eyes, and raised our hands when we heard the beeps. I didn’t hear the beeps, but I also didn’t close my eyes completely, so I just raised my hand when the other kids did. After a couple years the adults noticed this and had me stay behind to take the test by myself.
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And that’s when I started taking hearing tests in littl...

January 9, 2020

I met Gary DeGennaro only a few months ago. I noticed through social media that he was doing some work for Camp Fire survivors so I reached out to him about getting some donations up to Magalia. He'd purchased a huge box truck through the nonprofit he started, Lifeline Disaster Relief, and was making regular runs up to the fire-ravaged areas with goods for survivors.
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We met, he loaded up his truck, and off he went. This was a regular occurrence for us. He was always ready and willing to help in any way he could and seemed genuinely excited to have the opportunity. He was always smiling, even when I was pretty sure he was...

January 6, 2020

How awesome is it that my photos have been featured in photoshoots?! Love.

January 4, 2020

Writing books and sending them out into the world is such a fun way to connect with people. I love that my little pile of words has reached so many moms at exactly the time they really need to feel connected. I love this photo so much, and her words are the best review ever. #Repost @mikaelacjudd
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A book may not seem like a new mom necessity. It is.

Because laughter is essential. It’s better for moments of sleep deprivation craziness than anything.

Except of course sleep…which is laughable in its own right.

Because no matter how ‘okay’ you tell the world you are, the truth is every mom is a rage of sleep-deprived hormones t...

December 13, 2019

When I was in high school I met a woman named Elaine Garcia Fischer. She was the stepmom of a boy I was dating. She was no longer married to the boy’s father, but the kid needed a place to land and she took him in. He was her son.
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When the boy was just out of high school he was in a horrible car accident and was paralyzed. Elaine was his support system in the hospital and once he came home. She showed up for him, again.
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10 years later I reconnected with the boy and he told me that Elaine was sick. She had a genetic liver disease and she needed a transplant. She was so sick. At one point she got taken off the transplant...

November 12, 2019

A year ago my nonprofit, Throwing Starfish Foundation (www.throwingstarfish.org), started raising money for Butte County Camp Fire survivors. I sent a text to my friend Sarah asking if we should try to use the nonprofit to help some folks. It's funny that at the time I said we would be collecting donations for two weeks. A year later and we are still doing work with survivors.
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We've distributed over $150,000 in goods and funds to hundreds of Camp Fire families over the last year. I'm so grateful for the people who trusted us from the very beginning. With their initial support Sarah and I were able to do some great work in...

October 29, 2019

In honor of National Cat Day yesterday I would like to share my favorite cat fact.
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Cats don’t meow to other cats in the wild. They only meow to humans. This cracks me up because it means that since the beginning of time people have talked to their cats. So much so that the animal eventually evolved to TALK BACK.
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Dogs may be awesome, but cats are potty trained early, and have realized that they don’t have to fetch or sit or stay or sniff out IEDs on battlefields. They just have to throw humans a meow every once in awhile and we will provide them everything they need.
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They are heroes.

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Dawn is a mom, writer, and designer from Sacramento, CA. She is tired.

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