You’ve gotten this far in my site, so you’re probably really wanting to know what I can do. So here’s a collection of content pieces that I’ve created over the years. You can check out some live posts here and here that I’ve done for a business partner, or you can check out some samples at my personal blog here and here. Feel free to read on for some additional pieces.
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What You Need to Know About Chronic Lung Disease
By Mia Francis-Poulin
When Remington Broward* was born at 29 weeks after his mother Kate’s water broke almost two months earlier, the doctors warned the young mother that her firstborn child had about a 1% survival rate. After 296 days in the hospital, Remington is thriving — thanks to the trach and LTV home ventilator which helps him breathe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 10 births are premature. While a majority of pregnancies will go full term, infants born before 37 weeks face a number of health challenges including breathing problems, vision problems, and a higher risk of cerebral palsy. In Remington’s case, the lack of amniotic fluid for weeks meant that he didn’t get the opportunity for “practice breathing” in the womb. Upon his birth, he was immediately resuscitated and placed on mechanical ventilation. The diagnosis at the time was Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS). As time would go on, he would be diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) is a type of chronic lung disease (CLD) which affects newborns, especially premature and/or low-birthweight infants. The interventions used to save Remington’s life ultimately would injure his lungs—BPD is caused by damage to the alveoli (the tiny air sacs of the lung) and leads to scarring and inflammation. Often, oxygen therapy is used to combat the symptoms of this damage, but sometimes infants like Remington need additional help through long-term ventilation. There’s good news, though: With time, nutrition, and appropriate respiratory support, Remington’s outlook is positive. Many cases of BPD/CLD resolve over time and the level of support needed varies greatly between patients.
Today, Remington is 20 months old and mastering speed crawling. Remington’s parents say living with a trach and ventilator isn’t easy, but they’ve adjusted. “After spending that much time in the NICU, I feel that we can take on anything. At this point, the trach is just another thing. The doctors are weaning him off the ventilator and the trach may come out as soon as next year,” his mother Kate says. When asked to reflect on Remington’s challenges and her hopes for her son, she says: “The important thing is we are home.”
That’s the important thing indeed.
*Names have been changed
7 Reasons NOT to Buy Life Insurance (And 1 Great Reason Why You Should)
By Mia Francis-Poulin
Think you don’t need life insurance? Well, many people feel this way. In fact, most Americans don’t have any or enough life insurance. According to LIMRA, 85% of people say most folks need life insurance, yet only 62% of people say they have a policy. Why? Well, we have a few ideas:
- You plan to live forever. (Good luck with that one.)
- You’ve won millions of dollars in the lottery. (Congrats!)
- You’re independently wealthy. (Again—woohoo!)
- You don’t like thinking about death. (I mean, talk about a bummer.)
- You’re immortal. (Do you sparkle in the sun?)
- You’re not concerned about your kids or grandkids. (To each their own—excuse the pun.)
- You don’t understand the need for life insurance. (Alright, all jokes aside, we can help you with this one!)
Getting enough life insurance to protect your family in the event of your passing doesn’t have to be hard, stressful, or expensive. Most consumers overestimate the cost of life insurance by more than 3 times the actual price. Are you confused by term life, whole life, and all the terms in between? A simple consultation with a life insurance agent can help put the confusion to rest.
No one wants to think about their demise, but here’s the simple truth about life insurance: It’s for those you love. Having enough insurance to provide for your family in your absence is one great reason to connect with an agent and learn about the insurance options that are best for your family.
Life Insurance: #ItsNot4U