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Jessica Fein
Jessie is a mom, marketer, and Mito advocate. Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, she is a former opinion columnist for the Sunday Boston Globe and is the author of Moving On: How to Make the Transition from College to the Real World (1996). Jessie is the mom of three incredible children, Jonah, Dalia and Theo, all born in Guatemala. Dalia has the mitochondrial disease MERRF Syndrome.

Entries by Jessica Fein

5 Causes of Post-Party Depression

(5) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:13 PM

When my daughter "celebrated" her 9th birthday in the intensive care unit of the hospital, we promised her the biggest, best birthday party she could imagine when she got out. It was 78 days before she was released from the hospital -- so there were many, many weeks to imagine...

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A Mother's Fear

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

I'm back in the PICU having spent exactly 27 hours "on the outside." After 42 days in intensive care with my 9-year-old daughter due to a cold that became pneumonia that led to a month-long intubation, we thought we were in the clear when we were transferred to rehab. But...

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Life in the PICU

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Six weeks ago, my family went on a much-needed, highly-anticipated vacation from the polar vortex of Boston to the sunny beaches of Florida. Turns out it was six weeks and a lifetime ago. It was the last time my husband and I slept under the same roof as our three...

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A Mother's Day Secret: This Is How She Does It

(6) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Not a day goes by without at least one person saying to me, "I don't know how you do it." The "it" they're referring to? It could be mothering a child with a life-threatening, degenerative disease. It might be advocating for my son, whose ADHD often gets in his way...

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What I Never Expected When I Adopted My Daughter

(89) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:14 PM

My daughter has MERRF Syndrome. You've never heard of MERRF. I know this, because essentially nobody has ever heard of it.

Let's assume you're not one of the two in a million people who has MERRF or close to someone who is, and I'll tell you what you're missing....

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