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Articles in Exceptional Lives, Monthly Guides, Local Profile, Local News, Mandy Cowley, Mari Walker, Cheryl Brodnax, Mom or Dad Next Door and Leah Conti

Reclaiming Life

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“I watched him shoot me,” Angela Gabriel says sadly. Nearly one year ago, Angela’s former boyfriend shot her 10 times while she sat in her bathtub on a Wednesday morning. She had just put her children on the bus and was getting ready for work, but it... Read full article

A Home-Centered Birthday: A Fourth Trip Around the Sun

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A year ago, I was writing about our play date style birthday party for our younger daughter. This year, she turned four without a party, but as a family of four, we did celebrate her with everything we could muster.... Read full article

Making a Difference with Dressing

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Receiving a chronic illness diagnosis at age nine was devastating for Maddie Plauche. But in the five years since, she has used that experience to make wonderful things happen for others.... Read full article

Embracing the Scars

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Megan H. Kelly

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“Enjoy the moment and just breathe,” are brilliant words of advice that mom of two, Megan Kelly lives by each day. Her love of life, infectious smile, and excitement of learning (especially about all things techy!) are just a few of the reasons why s... Read full article



Dishing Up Love While Waiting for a New Heart

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As a heart patient, Hunter Chase Henry is unable to do many of the active things other kids take for granted. But he shines as a chef, perfecting recipes and going by “Uncle Hunter” in the kitchen. The name comes from his nephew, Dustin, and nieces, ... Read full article

Ochsner Baton Rouge Named 2020 Hospital of the Year

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Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge has been named the 2020 Hospital of the Year (Medium) by Louisiana State Nurses Association (LSNA) and Louisiana Nurse Foundation (LNF).... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

Making Music Together

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 “Participating in music has a profound impact on children and youth. When playing in an ensemble, students learn countless life skills, including the importance of showing up on time, responsibility, discipline, social skills, and the ability to vie... Read full article

Lori Debenedetto-Webb

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Lori Debenedetto-Webb’s approach to life is all about living in the moment and making special memories with her husband and her three teenagers.... Read full article

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