The Berken Family: A Story of Faith


I was 17 weeks pregnant with my daughter Faith when my water broke. Because it was so early in the pregnancy, my husband Jason and I had very little hope. At 24 weeks, I delivered Faith via an emergency c-section. The odds were not in her favor, but Faith showed she was a fighter from […]

We Can All Dream: Bryan Perrier’s Strength and Spina Bifida


“We can all dream.” Tishara Cushenberry overheard one of her son’s former doctors say this after she told him that her then 2-year-old son was showing signs of beginning to walk. While children are typically walking by age 2, for her son Bryan Perrier, this seemed almost impossible. Bryan, now 14 years old and a […]

Piper’s Story: Courage, Strength and Cerebral Palsy


She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future. This describes my precious daughter, Piper. She is a happy and energetic 5-year-old who is affected by spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Piper was stillborn three months premature and weighed a pound and a half. She was resuscitated and placed […]

Brighton Franklin Never Quits


Editor’s Note: In our most recent issue of Amazing magazine, we discuss our Pedatric Development and Therapy Center and how its one-of-a-kind approach to care is changing the lives of kids with autism across Louisiana. Brighton is one such amazing kid. We’ve asked his mom to tell his story. Click here to read the full […]

My Best Mother’s Day Yet


In October 2015, my son, 16 at the time, experienced symptoms of what appeared to be an upper respiratory infection. He experienced a cough, fatigue and severe swelling to the lymph nodes. He was treated with steroids and antibiotics via urgent care in which he had temporary relief. His symptoms gradually recurred, but accompanied with […]