Author Archive | Cassy Fiano

The Drastic Step I'm Taking to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

The Drastic Step I’m Taking to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is called the “silent killer,” and for good reason: There are often very few recognizable symptoms until the cancer has become extremely advanced. The symptoms that women do get are vague, and they can easily be confused for something like PMS or pregnancy — bloating, frequent urination, fatigue. Every year, approximately 22,000 women […]

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Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

Last October, I found out I was pregnant with baby no. five. While not entirely unexpected, the news wasn’t something I was able to completely celebrate; I had a lot of concerns and fears about having that fifth baby. Fast forward nine months, and our bundle of joy is here: a little girl we named […]

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May the Fourth Be With You! Ideas to Celebrate Star Wars Day

I’m a self-professed nerd, and I’ve happily shared my geekery with my children (much to the chagrin of my husband!). One of my favorite fandoms is Star Wars, and thankfully, my kids are all enthusiastic little Padawans. Of course, being a big Star Wars fan, I look forward to Star Wars Day every year. When, […]

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Why Every Mom Should Get Their Babies Vaccinated

Each year in April, the CDC partners with health professionals, community leaders, and parents to promote vaccination, improve health of children ages two and under, and encourage greater access to life-saving vaccines through National Infant Immunization Week. Unfortunately, vaccines have become controversial among many parents. This is largely due to a now-discredited report from a doctor who […]

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Keep Your Hands OFF My Pregnant Belly

There are a lot of things to be excited about when you get pregnant: Seeing your first ultrasound, hearing the heartbeat, choosing a baby name, feeling the baby kick. But being pregnant also unfortunately means that your body becomes public domain, free for people to grope and fondle at will. People — friends, family members, […]

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#WDSD17: Myths and Truths About Down Syndrome

I’m a mom in her thirties, and in the time I’ve been alive, incredible advancements have been made for people with Down syndrome. When I was born, in the 1980s, people with Down syndrome had a life expectancy of around 28 years old. When I was going to school, I never once encountered a single […]

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Hands Off Parenting

Why Hands-Off Parenting is the Secret to My Parenting Success

Helicopter parenting is in style right now. Go to the playground, and you’ll see parents walking every cautious step alongside their children, in case they might fall. If kids cry, then we’re often told that we need to comfort them the second the tears start flowing. We’re supposed to provide constant entertainment and interaction with […]

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