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On this page you will find links to articles from Current Magazine on a wide variety of topics. They are samples of what you can read in every issue of CURRENT for FREE if you decide to join SB&H.

Each issue is filled with interesting and useful articles including personal stories of individuals living with the challenges posed by hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida. We also offer information that is useful to parents, siblings, relatives, caregivers and health care professionals.

 

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"Baby Robin" - A Story of Survival and Advocacy

I was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1961. My
parents were overseas while my father
was stationed with the Air Force. As
the story goes, my father was the first to note
the swelling of my skull’s fontanels when I was only 3 weeks old. This was a problem. According to my parents, once I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, this began a 3 year procession of surgeries and doctor appointments. Read more...

 

 

 

 

Hydrocephalus and Happily Ever After

It’s Victoria Day and I’m standing on the front steps of the Chandler home. Annette swings open the door before I can knock and warmly welcomes me in. Her husband Troy is standing behind her smiling, his hands clasped together. This is the first time we’ve all met. Troy has lived with hydrocephalus for his entire life but wasn’t diagnosed with the condition until he was 28 yrs. old. That was almost 20 years ago. Read more...

 

Thank You Sophie and Joshua

Omigosh, after 10 long years of waiting to have our “dream” family and the fertility treatments, the little white stick in my hand had 2 lines on it, we were expecting!!  I was overjoyed finally it is our time. We had a long time to think about this prior too, and did research that I was on the phone booking my first midwife appointment. During my appointment I expressed I wanted to have a water birth at the office, pain free, just natural. A couple of weeks later, that all changed. We were at the fertility clinic every couple of days to do blood work, the levels were very high, indicating that there is a possible multiple pregnancy. A very early ultrasound detected two heart beats!  Read more...

 

Get Outside!  Why Everyone Should Go To Summer Camp

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of children and youth go to summer camp.  As anyone working in youth development or therapeutic recreation will tell you, the best thing you can ever do for your child is to send them to camp.  It’s an amazing & magical time spent with other kids & teens, forming long-lasting friendships; gaining independence; developing new skills & interests; discovering the wonders of nature; and having A LOT of fun!As the experts at camps.ca state: “Camp provides a safe environment where kids can establish their independence and get a taste of what it’s like to do things on their own.”  Camps provide the place to discover freedom, friendship, variety, nature, new interests and future opportunities for success. Read more...

 

 

Why I Was Born A Penguin…

I believe everything happens for a reason and through this logic I had to be born with spina bifida in order to have the life I am living now.
From the time that I was born, I was brought up as being told I was no different than anyone else. My parents were the driving force behind this belief. Even though I had a “disability”, didn’t mean that I was dis – abled. Because of this mentality, at least for the majority of my life, I have not felt disabled. Read more...