Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANM Mama Fights Like a Girl!

By Glenni Lorick, IBCLC and Sarah Lorick Velasquez

Nearly three years ago I had the privilege of helping one of Sarah's friends, Melanie Treshock, on her breastfeeding journey. I found Melanie to be an absolutely lovely young woman and was thrilled to be able to help her. So it came as a real shock when Sarah told me a couple of months ago that Melanie had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Melanie is just 26 years old...the same age as Sarah...the same age as many of our ANM mamas. In May she found a lump in her breast. Her doctors reassured her that it was probably just a cyst, but on July 25 she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a particularly aggressive form of cancer. On August 27 she underwent the first of three surgeries in an attempt to remove all traces of the cancer from her breasts and surrounding tissues. She began her first round of chemotherapy last week; she has fourteen more rounds to go which will be followed by radiation.

Compounding the difficulty of her situation is the fact that Melanie is now a single mother. Her friends have rallied to her support and created a You Caring fundraiser to help Melanie make it through this time in her life. They have also created Team Mel t-shirts and bracelets which are available for purchase by sending an email to the Team Mel administrators.

Our store window for the second half of October is devoted to Melanie's fight. Sarah has lovingly created this window to help our ANM community rally around one of our own. With every purchase you make during this time at ANM, we will donate $1 to Team Mel, and you can actually add even more to your purchase as a donation if you would like!

Please remember that breast cancer does not discriminate. While you may reduce your risk via breastfeeding, you still MUST be diligent about your own monthly breast self-examination.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rwandan Coffee to Go Now Available at ANM

by Glenni Lorick, IBCLC
At A Nurturing Moment we try to have a culture of doing what is right. We manifest that in many ways from our sliding fee scale for lactation services to our encouragement of local moms to take leadership in organizations like Share the Love and ICAN. Today we were able to take another step toward making a difference in the lives of families and particularly women!

We put a coffee machine from Rwandan Coffee to Go in our store! This is a wonderful win-win situation for everybody involved. For our moms, it offers some great drink options like chai tea, hot chocolate, mochaccino, latte, cappuccino, espresso or regular coffee at the press of a button. Each cup is freshly ground from the highest grade Rwandan coffee beans available. These are Grade 1 beans, not the Grade 3 or 4 beans that some coffee shops offer. After depositing your money (the most you'll pay for a cup is $1.25), your coffee is ground and brewed while you wait, and you get to choose the amount of sugar you want!

The best part of all, though, is that $4.00 of every single pound of coffee goes directly back to Rwanda to help rebuild this country that has been so torn by genocide. As you enjoy America's favorite morning drink, you can know that you are helping rebuild Rwanda with every sip. This fair market company was started by an Anglican pastor in Georgia who recognized a simple way that he could make a tangible difference in the lives of the people in Rwanda. He began a coffee company that pays a fair wage to the farmers of Rwanda in order to help them provide for their families, while also bringing a top quality coffee product to the USA.

Drink coffee, Do good! When you really get excited about this delicious coffee and all the good it is doing, you might even decide to visit Rwanda yourself on a mission trip with other local believers who are committed to rebuilding the lives of the precious people in Rwanda! If you absolutely fall in love with this delicious coffee, you can actually buy it for your own at-home consumption locally. Ask us for more details!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hurry to Take Advantage of the Happy Papoose Giveaway for Babywearing Week!

by Glenni Lorick, IBCLC and Sarah Bailey
This is International Babywearing Week, and we are celebrating it in Rocket City Style here at ANM and Happy Papoose! We are excited to offer a wide variety of carriers between our two stores including Baby K'tan, Boba Wraps, Mom-Made Ring Slings, Beachfront Baby wraps and slings, Maya Wrap slings, Baby Hawk Mei Tai Carriers, Tekhni woven wraps and soft structured carriers by Tula, Boba and Onya Baby.

Happy Papoose is grateful for the support shown by the local community in their first four months of business. As a special thank you to the local community, and in celebration of International Babywearing Week, Happy Papoose is giving away a Rockets Tula. There are lots of ways to enter to win!

Check out this link to decide how YOU want to enter!!

The contest ends on Thursday at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced at the US Space and Rocket Center just before 6:00 pm on Thursday. Please share this contest with other babywearing families via social media!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Resource Guide for Madison County Moms

By Glenni Lorick, IBCLC
Let's face it, new moms need support! You need people around you who will encourage you in your parenting decisions and help you not to feel isolated. Many women find this support with family members and close friends. But what happens when your family members and friends end up discouraging you, rather than encouraging you? Fortunately we have a plethora of local resources available to help you navigate the occasional rough waters of being a mommy.

Baby Wearing
Research shows that babies who are worn by their parents experience a wide variety of health benefits. We have a very active local babywearing community!
·         RocketCity Sling Swap – Monthly informational meetings and swaps

We are blessed to have a variety of support options for nursing moms in the Tennessee Valley.

·        A Nurturing Moment – breastfeeding supplies, breast pump and baby scale rental, lactation consultation with IBCLC in home or office (call 256-489-2590 for more info).

·         Hospital support :

o  Ahens Limestone Hospital: Free breastfeeding, childbirth and parenting classes for parents delivering at the hospital. Breastfeeding Mothers' Support Group Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
o   Crestwood: Free breastfeeding, childbirth and parenting classes. 
o   Huntsville Hospital: Free breastfeeding class; Breastfeeding Mother's Group meets Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 am in the Huntsville Hospital Women's Pavillion (call 256-265-7285 for more info).
o   Madison Hospital: Free breastfeeding class; Breastfeeding Support Group meets Mon. 10:30-12:30 and Thurs. 6:30-8:30 pm in the Madison Hospital Wellness Center Classroom

·         La Leche League
o   Huntsville: Third Thursday of the month at the Rock 6:30-8:30 pm. Contact: Jana 256-455-4746 
o   Madison: Second Monday of the month at Madison Public Library 10:15-11:15; Fourth Thursday of the month at Kathryn’s House – 102 Heatherwood Dr., 35758   7:00 – 8:00. Contact: Stephanie: 256-348-9700    

·        MommyMilk Meet-up : First Monday and Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at A Nurturing Moment. Contact: Glenni Lorick 256-658-8210  

Many women are unable to have the birth they had hoped for. Sometimes it is the result of a genuine medical emergency. Other times it may be due to unnecessary interventions. Either way, mothers need a place where they can be supported as they talk about their birth experiences.
ICAN - The International Cesarean Awareness Network offers support and information for mothers - whether they are still pregnant or already have a baby. They meet at Willowbrook Baptist Church. Check their Facebook page for details of upcoming meetings.

Many parenting philosophies exist. You have to figure out what works best for you and your baby. Proponents of Attachment parenting point to a body of research that shows positive outcomes for families.
·         AttachmentParenting International – monthly meetings – check Facebook for updates.   Contact: Lysa Parker 256-503-1454 and Tiffany Hamblen 501-472-0312

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Childhood Cancer Can Devastate Families

by Glenni Lorick, IBCLC and Reva Everetts
Thomas "Superman" Sullivan
When Reva first came to A Nurturing Moment last spring, she said that one of her passions was helping families who are dealing with Childhood Cancer. She makes special gifts for these children and sends them packaged with lots of love. She also makes special childhood cancer awareness items to sell and donates the proceeds to non-profits raising money for research like St. Baldrick's FoundationSt. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Alex's Lemonade Stand (be sure to have a tissue if you click on that last link!)

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so Reva created a very special window for A Nurturing Moment featuring the following little heroes.

Thomas Sullivan: June 22 2006 - May 28 2013. Lost battle right after 7th birthday.

Thomas Sullivan, also known as "Superman" went in for a routine eye exam on December 8, 2011. When the optimist dilated his eyes he found something behind the eye. Thomas was sent to the doctor, and after an abundance of tests, MRI scans and blood work, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. On December 28th he had a port inserted for chemotherapy and other medicines to be administered. A spinal puncture revealed that Thomas had cancer cells in his spinal fluid, so he would have to receive the highest dose of radiation. On April 3, 2013, after losing most of his strength and ability/want to do anything, he muttered the words to his mother, "I want to go home." The next day they began at home hospice care.
Lexi Lee

Thomas had a HUGE support system throughout his journey. Forty-five thousand prayer warriors followed his story through social media. There was a prayer circle that surrounded him at his home after they started at home hospice care. After he lost his battle on May 28, 2013, the outpouring of people that came to show love, support, and share in the sadness at "Superman's" funeral was surreal.

Lexi Lee, Moulton, Al

Lexi was taken to a doctor after her mother had noticed that she had abnormal bruising. These were not your typical toddler burises; rather, they were bruises that just kept showing up for no apparent reason and not going away. From that day on, it was a whirlwind of events for Lexi and her family.

Penelope Davis
Lexi was officially diagnosed with leukemia in September of 2013. She still undergoes chemotherapy and vigorous blood work to check all of her levels. Lexi and her family have fought an amazing fight and are winning! She has been battling for about a year now, and while she has ups and downs, some moodiness, fatigue and nausea, she has managed through all of this to somehow keep a bright smile on her beautiful face. God has blessed Lexi thus far, but there is still a tremendous need for prayer, support and love for her, her mother Jenna, father Chase, and the rest of their family.

Penelope Davis

The day that changed the Davis' lives was January 18, 2014. Penelope's story is a very sad, short lived, but realistic take on how this awful disease can snatch these tiny humans, these precious souls, our babies away from us in an instant. Penelope had started running into things and acting a little different than her regular self so her parents decided to take her to the doctor. Three short days later, Penelope was diagnosed with stage IV (4) Neuroblastoma. After many scans, bloodwork, and checkups, it was discovered that sweet Penelope had tumors not only in her skull, but in her abdomen and spine, and the cancerous cells had also spread to her bone marrow. Unfortunately, Penelope didn't get to fight for long. She lost her battle just 4 short months later on May 26, 2014.

Sophia Flint

Sophia Flint

On January 8, 2013, Sophia's mother took her to the doctor; from that day on, their lives were forever changed. They were told that Sophia's liver is 3 times the size of a "normal" liver for her age. Furthermore, her blood cells were depleted to 1/6 of what they were supposed to be.

On January 10, a bone marrow test determined that Sophia had A.L.L. (acute lymphatic leukemia), and that it had spread to 70% of her little body. Sophia has fought a long fight and is now in remission! She was able to start school and begin to socialize with other children this year. Nevertheless, she is still undergoing chemotherapy; her last treatment is scheduled for January 2015.

If you drop by the store, you will see pictures of each one of these precious children in our window. We have a jar where Reva is collecting money for childhood cancer research. In addition, 10% of all sales made on Saturday, Sept. 27 will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand to further the research efforts.