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Jessica Bensten
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Jessica Bensten lives with her husband and their two "miracle" children, Jackson (6) and Abby (2). She works as a creative director at a public relations agency and chronicles her experiences on the blog, "Mothering Miracles." As a mom to a childhood cancer survivor and a micro-preemie, Jessica is passionate about supporting other families dealing with healthcare issues and encouraging parents how to advocate for their kids.

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75 Easy Steps to Creating Holiday Memories With Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 2:38 PM

I love the span of time between Halloween and New Years Day. The first year my husband and I were married, we lived in a two-story condo and had an 11-foot Christmas tree. We probably slept eight hours straight the day we picked it out. It was holiday Heaven.

It's...

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10 Life-Changing Things Doctors Actually Said to Me

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:35 AM

I was 26 when my son was diagnosed with cancer and 28 when my daughter was born 16 weeks early.

When I think about how young I was, especially with Jackson, I want to go back and just sit awhile with that scared mother. The one who was afraid to...

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Ain't Nobody Got Time to be the Perfect Parent

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Tonight, I reached my maximum saturation of articles showing me how to parent. There's a "Top 10" or "15 Things Never To Do" list of every single thing you can think of these days. Some of these posts are fabulous and I enjoy them, but many of them just make...

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10 Gründe, warum Frühchen Rockstars sind

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Hey du genau zum richtigen Zeitpunkt geborenes Baby!

Ja, du mit den Pausbäckchen und dem Nabelstumpf.

Du und ich, wir hatten ursprünglich den gleichen Geburtstermin, aber ich bin bereits vier Monate alt. Als der Ältere von uns beiden werden sie mich stets mit dir vergleichen, allerdings solltest du ein paar...

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10 Reasons Preemies Are Rock Stars

(6) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Hey full-term baby!

Yeah you, with the chubby cheeks and the umbilical cord stump.

You and me, we had the same due date, but I'm already four months old. As your seasoned elder, they're going to be comparing me to you, but I need you to know a few things.

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20 Things a Cancer Mom Knows By Heart

(19) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 3:11 PM

I learned that kids can get cancer when Jackson was 1 year old. He'd just learned to walk. He still wore OshKosh B'gosh overalls and loved to be rocked to sleep. There was nothing that he did wrong, or was exposed to; one day, there was just a lump.

Chemo....

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A Mother's Love Soaks In

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:07 PM

I'm not sure why the last week has been hard for me.

My husband's been getting on my nerves, the kids are too loud, I'm always one step behind at work, the house is a wreck and the dogs won't shut up. It's been one of those times where you...

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Never Second Guess a Second Opinion

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The day Jackson was diagnosed with cancer, it was like being hit by a bus.

"Your 1-year-old has cancer." (Bus.)

"He's going to need a year or so of grueling treatment." (Being dragged behind bus.)

"He has a 30-40 percent chance of survival." (Hit by second bus.)

I remember walking...

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10 Ways to Make Doctor Visits a Little Easier for Your Child

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 11:11 AM

I think I spent half of my late twenties in doctors' offices with both of my children.

With a micropreemie (Abby) and an immunosuppressed cancer fighter (Jackson), both of my children had a low tolerance for germs. It was very easy to pick up colds and viruses from a routine...

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The Thing No One Ever Told Me About Having a Preemie

(15) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 12:52 PM

I didn't know how lucky I was to have a normal first pregnancy.

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I just assumed it would go well. I made sure I ate my fruits and vegetables, eliminated caffeine and took my vitamins. But for some reason,...

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