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About Sydney's mom

Proud mom of Sydney, a two-year old with Dravet Syndrome who likes to keep me on my toes, and Aaron, a "normal" four-year old who loves learning about anything science! Proud wife of a veteran U.S. Marine & Army Green Beret.

Independence is achieved!

  Update on events… Where to start… As stated in the last blog post, we have begun working on stepping down Sydney’s drugs that Dr. Marsh wanted gone for her upcoming trial of Epiliodex , or the extremely high CBD … Continue reading

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Today, I’m grateful for Dravet…

 Today, I’m grateful for Dravet… Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever said.  However, I have an update when once explained will cause that statement to make sense (I hope…). Since November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, let me start off with … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Service Dog

  Time for an update on service dog Lexus… We have come to lovingly refer to Lexus as “the reluctant service dog.”  Every time she sees/hears us pick up her harness (or service dog vest), she tucks tail and runs … Continue reading

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To legalize or not?…No question here!

  I find myself in a strange place right now.  I want to address something in this blog that I have never yet mentioned here on Sydney’s website, and in fact, I have not spoken publicly about this topic too … Continue reading

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Living life with Dravet Syndrome

  The past two years, I have run a half-marathon each summer for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, part of their Race Towards a Cure RACRE (Research and Cure Refractory Epilepsy) series.  In 2011, I was the solo member for “Team … Continue reading

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Service dog update…After 3 weeks at home with Lexus

 Well, we have now been home with Service Dog Lexus for almost three weeks.  Wow!  Has it really been that long?!?  I had meant to update everyone on how we are doing after the first week, but in the life … Continue reading

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4 Paws Training Day 12- Did we pass???…. (drum roll)….

 Today dawned on our final day at 4 Paws…and this was not just any day…this was THE DAY.  Test day!  We were a little nervous about the “puppy” side of Lexus with the test looming.  She hasn’t had much general … Continue reading

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4 Paws Training Day 11- Our final day of class….

  Our final day of formal class began with tracking, of course!  Two more outdoor tracks were completed.  This time at a different location than where we have been heading lately.  Paul & Lexus had to work really hard to … Continue reading

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4 Paws Training Day 10- Almost there!

 Today was basically one big review.  Our final test as handlers comes on Friday.  As long as we can demonstrate the necessary skills, we will be permitted to graduate & bring Lexus home with us.  I’m sure we will be … Continue reading

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4 Paws Training Day 9- A bunch of dead dogs…

  I LOVE TRACKING!  It is just crazy how good these dogs are with this skill.  This morning’s training began with two more tracks of a missing Sydney.  My hip is feeling okay as long as I don’t try to … Continue reading

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