Hilltown Families


No Cause for Alarm A year ago I won an alarm clock in a church raffle. I know … exciting, right? It actually was. It was a very cool alarm clock. It was shaped like an egg, flashed different colors and had many features like a timer, date and temperature. My daughter, Noelle,picked it out from a pile of items we could choose from in the raffle. She knows how much her… Read More

Special Treatment Those words mean different things to different people. Raising a child with a serious disease, I’ve come to embrace everything that’s positive about these two words. That puts me at odds with lots of people, including with my own husband, who never wants our daughter to feel “different” because she has diabetes — even though she is. The issue first came up the summer after my daughter Noelle was diagnosed,… Read More

The Right Call “I need a cell phone for my 6-year-old.” The words sounded as absurd as I feared they would as I stood defiantly in front of the Verizon guy at BJs in Pittsfield. After all, what kind of crazy mom buys a cell phone for a first-grader? The Verizon guy, though, barely blinked. “What do you need?” he asked in a casual tone that made me wonder if he has… Read More

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