UPDATE 3/12/17 KASAIYA IS HOME!!! #TeamKASAIYA #HLHS

 #PRAYERWARRIORS Please send up a prayer of healing!!! We’ve got work to do!!
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12/22/16 To date she has had three heart surgeries due to having Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. HLHS is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart causing the left side not to form correctly. Thus far, the last surgery has not turned out as they hoped and her physiology is not responding to the surgery. She is still in the hospital fighting for her life.

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From her Mother’s FB post..

***UPDATE #6*** KASAIYA HAS CHANGED FOR THE WORSE SINCE THE LAST UPDATE. HER STOMACH IS STILL DISTENDED (WORSE NOW)TO THE POINT HER BELLY BUTTON IS SO SMOOTHE IT FEELS LIKE HER TUMMY SMH. ASCITES (EXCESS ABDOMINAL FLUID) IS STILL PRESENT AND HER LIVER IS INFLAMED. SHE STILL CONTINUES TO HAVE A HIGH TEMP 101-102 SINCE EARLY LAST WEEK AND THE BLOOD TESTS AND CULTURES ARE NOT SHOWING INFECTION BUT SOMETHING IS CAUSING IT. SHE’S ON MORPHINE, TYLENOL 3 FOR THE PAIN SHE’S IN. I WOKE UP TO HER SCREAMING THIS MORNING 😔. JUST SPOKE WITH THE DOCTOR AND HE STATED HE’S VERY CONCERNED AT THIS POINT. SHE’S GOING DOWNHILL AND HER PHYSIOLOGY IS NOT TAKING IN THIS SURGERY, HE SAID IT’S GOTTEN WORSE. SHE’S ON 90% OXYGEN AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE WILL BE COMING IN TO ASSESS HER. TOMORROW THEY WILL BE DOING ANOTHER CARDIAC CATHERIZATION AND ARE HOPING IT GIVES SOME ANSWERS. SHE HAS SKIN BREAKDOWN ON HER BOTTOM AND IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE, YOU WOULD BREAK DOWN IN TEARS! IT IS HORRIBLE! 🙁. I INSTANTLY FELT FAINT AND HAD TO WALK OUT FOR A MINUTE. DOCTORS SAY THEY’RE WORRIED AND FRUSTRATED. THEY CAN’T GET HER TO TOLERATE FEEDS WHICH SHE NEEDS TO HELP AID THE RECOVERY PROCESS. NOTHING SEEMS TO BE WORKING AND AT THIS POINT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! THE LOOK ON THE DOCTOR FACE WHILE SPEAKING WITH ME PUT A HUGE KNOT IN MY STOMACH!!! HE LOOKED SO CONCERN AND SCARED AND STATED HE KNEW I WAS VERY CONCERNED AS WELL. OMG….LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH….I JUST CAN’T… NOT MY BABY. THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING. #MOMMYDAUGHTER #DAUGHTERMOMMY #JUSTUS #TEAMKASAIYA

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Adventures in Raising a Vagabond

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been involved in community service. When I was growing up, my church would raise money for shelters and have food drives during the holidays for the less fortunate.

When I went to college, I joined Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Incorporated because their values surrounding service and activism were in line with my own core values. Even while in graduate school, I volunteered in Peru for the summer teaching English and helping out at a local daycare.

Whenever I travel, I try to visit a shelter, an orphanage, or community center that focuses on helping the less fortunate, specifically children. Especially when I am with the boy, I want him to see that life around the world is not always as we live it.

11156248_10203976577434815_844232984162718144_n Our visit to Lubasi Home in Livingstone, Zambia

In Zambia, we visited an orphanage. The boy played soccer…

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Raising Vagabonds and changing the game in family travel.

Adventures in Raising a Vagabond

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We’ve all seen this meme. Finding its way through Facebook groups and Tumblr pages. Perpetuating the myth and misconception that you if you have children you can’t possibly be like “what country am I going to next?”

We also know those people who circulate this madness. That single friend who thinks it’s funny to continue to highlight her choice to not procreate by demeaning those who do. Or that veteran parent who has reached the age of parental freedom and is celebrating by traipsing the globe, but forgetting those years of weekend soccer games and bake sales. Attempting to taunt and tease those of us who have school-aged children and assume we actually care.

But despite their ill-conceived assumptions, there is a population of us who have children and *gasp* travel the world. With and without them. Despite the world’s thoughts on if or how we can do it, we

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