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Raise the Realm Day 1: Ayden- Cerebral Palsy

Our four-year-old son, Ayden, was born fourteen weeks premature suffering a grade four intraventricular hemorrhage. Along with this brain bleed, he suffered a myriad of issues, which compounded the severity of injury. Shortly after Ayden’s first birthday we started noticing abnormal eye, arm, and leg movements. Given the circumstance, we knew he would have developmental […]

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Raise the Realm Day 7: Kendell- PTSD

I was a Loadmaster on a MC-130P Combat Shadow during the Tsunami Relief Effort in 2004/2005, seeing mass devastation, and unworldly damage. My world was changed just a few months later when I sustained a dislocated and fractured right leg, and Traumatic Brain Injury. I went through the VA gambit, twice tasting the working end […]

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Raise the Realm Day 3: Fernanda- Autoimmune

En Español (Read in English Here) Mi nombre es Fernanda y vivo en Argentina, tengo 6 hijos y 3 nietos. Padezco desde hace 15 años de fibromialgia y desde hace 7 años neuralgia del trigémino. Llamado también dolor suicida. Ambas enfermedades no son mortales ni terminales pero tan dolorosas que pueden afectar terriblemente la vida. […]

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Raise the Realm Day 5: Charlotte- Epilepsy

At just three months old, little Charlotte Figi experienced her first seizure, an experience that would send her and her family on a path that would eventually change the world. Charlotte’s parents were out of options and searching for solutions. Thankfully they discovered medical cannabis. After careful research and contacts, the Figis met the Stanley […]

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Raise the Realm Day 2: Brandon- Brain Injury

I always thought of myself as an athlete. After playing hockey for several years I joined the high school wrestling team. Wrestling is where I belonged. I went off to MSU where I learned to work hard and become the person I am today. I received a NCAA Division II All-American honors in my senior […]

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Raise the Realm Day 4: Melody- Rare Disease

As a parent of a child, receiving a “life-limiting” diagnosis is devastating. After months of hundreds of infantile spasms per day, we knew we had to try something different, something doctors were not initially on board with, especially with Melody being only nine months old. The two front-line medications did not stop her spasms, so […]

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Raise the Realm Day 6: Leigh- Cancer

My name is Leigh. My first personal experience with cancer was in 1995 when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and given 6 months to live. Her name was Charlotte and she was a visionary. She lived for 6 years instead of 6 months and when I was first diagnosed in 2012 […]

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Raise the Realm Day 8: Luke- Autism

Our little boy who we call Baby Luke, is 4.5 years old, and the apple of our eye. He was born what we believed to be a happy handsome little boy and as parents do we loved him unconditionally. After a few months we noticed that there were issues in Baby Luke’s development, so we […]

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Raise the Realm Day 9: Mary- Pain

Hi! This is Mary, and Its been almost two years since I participated in Evolve the storytelling project presented by Realm of Caring Foundation, and I wanted to update everyone on how well I’m still doing almost two years later! For starters I’ll be celebrating my 59th birthday in a couple of months, and I’m […]

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Raise the Realm Day 10: Addy- Brain Malformation

Before Cannabis: Addelyn was born with a significant brain malformation that causes her to have seizures that are very difficult to control. When Addy’s seizures started at 5 months of age, we fought them with an army of traditional antiepileptic medications legally prescribed by her epileptologist. It was then we learned the dangers of these […]

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