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The Power of Writing a Children's Book About My Daughter's Congenital Heart Disease

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Twenty years ago I was a high school cheerleader who dreamt of becoming a journalist. I was lucky enough to meet a local TV reporter one night while cheering during a Friday night football game and to this day I still remember the piece of advice he gave me — write what you know.

Today I am a Los Angeles-based journalist, but more importantly, I am a mama to twin, 7-year-old boys who were born premature and a 3-year-old little girl who was born with the complex congenital heart disease, tetralogy of Fallot (TOF).

Writing has always been my creative outlet. It has allowed me to share other people’s triumphs and tragedies through my work as a journalist, and has also allowed me to release my innermost feelings — both happiness and heartache.

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