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Marisa McPeck-Stringham
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I'm an imperfect woman trying to find my place in the world. I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and professional. I became a social worker because I love to help people. I volunteer as a CASA with foster children in my limited spare time. Preventing child abuse is my life's work. I am passionate, opinionated, flawed, impatient, loving, funny, sarcastic, inquisitive and I try to be kind. My hobbies include reading, writing, cross-stitching, making sarcastic quips at reality shows, gazing at the beautiful mountains in my backyard, and spending time with my adorable, sometimes obnoxious, family. I'm a recovering Mountain Dew addict. You can find my musings at Iron Daisy.

Please note that nothing I say or do reflects upon my employers. My employers have official spokespeople who are not me.

Entries by Marisa McPeck-Stringham

'My Son Was Shaken and Is in he Hospital -- I Need Help'

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 3:22 PM

"Thank you for calling the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. This is Marisa. How may I help you?"

"Hi, my name is Jackie*. My son, Corbin*, was shaken and is in the hospital. I need help."

This phone call was the first I ever took from a victim's family...

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Life Lessons I Learned from #AftonStrong

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:18 PM


It's so much more than a hashtag. #AftonStrong is a cause close to my heart.

Afton Wallace is my second cousin on my mom's side. Her dad, Rob, and my mom are first cousins. My grandma and her grandpa are brother and sister. Afton and I share great-grandparents....

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For Whom Mother's Day Is Difficult

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Mother's Day is this Sunday and we will collectively celebrate the women who either gave us life or raised us. We will make phone calls, or take them out to lunch, send them flowers, buy them meaningful cards, and express gratitude for all the sacrifices they made for us.


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I Can't Get Out of My Sweat Pants: An Essay on Depression

(12) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:54 PM

I have clinical depression.

Despite all social stigmas to the contrary or people accusing me of being "crazy," I'm not ashamed to admit that I have depression. Just like I'm not ashamed to admit that I have asthma.

The first time I experienced depression I was in seventh grade. I...

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Prevent Child Abuse -- Never Shake a Baby

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 8:57 PM

I remember the first time I saw Elijah's Story. I had just given birth to my first child, I was exhausted, hormonal and frustrated that nursing wasn't the easy, natural experience I was promised. I desperately wanted to be discharged from the hospital so I could go home...

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Life Lessons I Learned From my Dad

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:19 PM

The older I get, the more I realize how much I'm like my dad. From overly-critiquing the logistics of car commercials to only wanting to eat popcorn for dinner, I'm more like my dad than I ever thought. I was a mama's girl growing up and thought every attribute of...

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The Most Important Thing My Mom Taught Me About Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:18 AM

The other day I was looking at a photo of myself at my toddler daughter's age. I marveled at how much she looked like me, and I relished the family resemblance. We don't have the same eye color, but we do have the same eye shape and the same long...

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That Tuesday Morning

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:40 PM

Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

It has become my generation's "Where were you when?"

Where was I? Sicker than I've ever been in my life. I had the worst kidney infection that week than I've ever had before or since. Monday I started feeling the pain in my kidneys, but knew...

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FYI (If You're a Teenage Boy)

(1073) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Dear boys,

I have some information that might interest you. Last night, as we sometimes do, our family sat around the dining room table and looked through your social media photos. Because we're creepy like that.

We have a teenage daughter, and so naturally, there are quite a few pictures...

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