Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

“True rebels hate their own rebellion. They know by experience that it is not a cool and glamorous lifestyle; it takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done.” Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Within an hour of hitting the “publish” button I had over eight hundred page views on my website. No turning back. I logged onto my Twitter account to see if there was any activity there. There was a tweet to me from a South African woman. She explained over a series of tweets and private…

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"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." Alan Cohen

I spent several months promoting my television show, “The Heart of Beauty”. It was a hectic and emotional time. The show received high praise yet continued to be rejected by networks. I persevered for Christine and her family to have a chance to tell their story to the world. I kept going for every person…

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

It would have been easier to understand and accept what happened to my body if the doctors had been able to diagnose me with something.  Besides the PTSD diagnosis I needed something concrete about the blood that I could research, obsess over and google- but there was no explanation. The miscarriage was easier to understand than…

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had to take a break. I hadn’t watched “The Heart of Beauty” in a very long time until I shared it with you. At the time of filming last January, Miss J was 21 months old. Miss J has hit every developmental milestone on time, if not early. I thought about all the times I…

The Heart of Beauty: The Video

As a make-up artist, I believe that in order to truly make someone feel beautiful, you have to look beyond the surface. You have to try and see what is in a person’s heart and ask, Who is this person? Where has she been? Where does she want to go? Who does she want to…

Untitled Timoria Project: Filming the Pilot Episode (Day 2)

We arrived at the MacPherson’s at nine o’clock on Sunday morning. It was freezing outside and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. After our heavy discussion the day before and seeing what Christine’s day-to-day life was like, I was excited to surprise her with a much deserved makeover. Christine thought I…

Untitled Timoria Project: Filming the Pilot Episode (Day 1)

We arrived at the MacPherson’s house on a cold Saturday morning in the middle of January. They live in one of those cute little neighborhoods where the lawns are perfectly manicured and all of the homes are Tudor style–my favorite.  This is the kind of house Bobby and I would love to buy if we…

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan

My mommy friends and I often plan events to satisfy both our mommy obligations as well as our mommy needs–hence the holiday parties for our children in addition to ‘mommy’s night out.’  In October of 2011, I hosted a Halloween party for the kids at a local restaurant.  The party was a nice mix of…

What is Autism? Part Two: How Christine Found the Purpose of Her Journey and Embarked on a Mission to Help Other Families Affected by Autism.

Part two of a two-part essay by Christine MacPherson.         Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.  ~Deborah Chaskin             When your child is diagnosed with Autism, the direction of your life completely changes course. Autism affects every part of your life….

What is Autism? Christine Explains Mikey’s Diagnosis, and why the MacPhersons Choose to Dwell in a Place of Love.

Part one of a two-part essay by Christine MacPherson.    Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social impairments, cognitive impairments, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors.  Autism affects each person in different ways and can range from very mild to very severe and occur in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Males are four times more…