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Ashlyn's Birthday and UMKC

Donna Yadrich

Today is the birthday of Audrey's best friend, Ashlyn, (pictured with Audrey on AudreySpirit's home page).  I am so proud and blessed to know this amazing young lady! She plans to enter the field of medicine and just this summer she completed a University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy summer internship program.  She's also shadowed an adult oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Have a beautiful year Ashlyn - both academically and socially! UMKC is so special to me because it not only has unique programs for metro area students like Ashlyn, but it has allowed...

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Family Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Donna Yadrich

Family-Centered Care is so important and needs to be practiced as a universal standard to optimize the health and quality of life of each family member of special health care needs children (CSHCN) across the life course of special needs child, their siblings and parents.  I was so blessed to meet Jess Nelson, a LEND Fellow from Minnesota at the 2013 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Conference.  She produced this Fact Sheet as coursework last semester https://lend.umn.edu/docs/LEND-Family_Caregiver-FACT_SHEET-9-13-13.pdf Please share your thoughts about the Fact Sheet using the survey link at the bottom of the document.

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Power Pose

Donna Yadrich

The Power Pose is something I tried and it worked!  Heading into a potentially contentious meeting, I excused myself to use the bathroom and spent 2 minutes doing this.   The meeting went entirely different than I anticipated -- in my favor. I can do something for 2 minutes!  This video is 21 minutes, but is well worth the time http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html  Whenever I am in a situation (or just having thoughts run through my head) that make me feel uncomfortable, I try to remember the Power Pose!  It is amazing, it does make me feel much better!

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Audrey's book

Donna Yadrich

After Audrey passed away, I found a book she had written after a three month stay in the hospital, part of which she was on a ventilator. She titled the book "Dealing with Disease .. Your Way." The book is only 7 pages, but is full of heart, truth and humor. Her topics ranged from advocating for yourself to soulful animals to her 7th grade year at school. Reading her book in the midst of the daily grind of launching AudreySpirit helps remind me of her beautiful soul and why I am doing this. I wanted to share with you...

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