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Ashley and Hazel: an inspiring story

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 06, 2011

I have a lifelong fascination with stories of people who are in the darkest hour of their lives and find a way out. I’m endlessly inspired, awed, and humbled when people prove who they are, in their extremities, and I’m privileged to be witness to it.

Ashley came to my class in Sandy, Utah last week, and patiently waited for over an hour afterwards to tell me the amazing story of her adorable two-year old.

Hazel was diagnosed with Failure to Thrive in her first year of life, along with several auto-immune problem (asthma, eczema, allergies). She’s now healthy, normal weight, and thriving.

I am so impressed by parents who take the road less traveled because they question status quo or authority, do their own research, and listen to their intuition. Check out Ashley’s incredible story HERE, on video, and feel free to encourage Ashley and other moms who are up all night with their children’s desperate health problems–searching, questioning, hoping.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait till we’re out of the dark with my children’s frustrating issues! How long does it take!? I feel like we see success and then have problems come up again. Although, things are so much improved from how they were. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can only imagine what that little girls life would be like with out an Amazing Mom who refused to give up. Our bodies big or small are amazing miraculous healing machines. I have to recognize this Mom for also feeding her baby love, time, patients, tender nurturing that could only come from the most positive, faithful Mom’s on the planet.

  3. Been there. Still dealing with it. My daughter is 2 years old and weighs 20.8 pounds on a good day. But for the most part is healthy. She loves her green smoothies and whole foods. I refused to feed her Boost that was prescribed because it has so many bad things in it. She is starting to slowly put on weight. I am scared to take her to the Dr though until she gains a significant amount of weight because they were already “watching” her. In the meanwhile I will keep doing what I’m doing and know that it is the right path for us.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My daughter (now 2) was also labeled Failure to Thrive, but I was thrilled with the care we received through the dietician. She never once suggested formula (she was 6 months old at the time, fully breast-fed but had only gained 4 lbs since birth), & really didn’t feel like there was much to worry about just because her weight was lower than the growth chart average (have you seen all those FAT babies that throw the curve off???!!) My girl was developing just fine, sleeping great, & overall was healthy & wonderful. We wanted to rule out any medical conditions (there were none) & otherwise received great support to continue breastfeeding & doing what we chose to do for our baby. Today she is still slim but completely healthy & on track developmentally. Sometimes we do get the support we need from the medical community!

  5. My son has had severe eczema and is allergic to wheat, soy, peanut butter and eggs. Did this mom simply give her baby green smoothies instead of formula? I am unable to breastfeed so I’d love to know if there’s a healthy alternative to commercial formulas and what age I can start giving my baby green smoothies. He’s 8 months now.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jennifer, find Dr. Ritamarie Lozcalzo online, tell her I sent you, and ask her about infant formulas you can make that are much healthier?

  6. What beautiful children!

    Robyn, I often wonder – did the pediatrician who was treating your little one’s ‘asthma’ ever hear about the turn around you accomplished, and admit he was dead wrong and you were right? I always get the impression you live in a tight knit community, and he has to know by now who you are and what you do. Is there any hope for him, or is he still doing the AB and bronchodialators and closed to anything else?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      mgm, I doubt he knows. Tightknit community, yes, but it’s been 15 years since we went to that guy, and I never say his name in public. 🙂 I don’t think he’d care!

  7. Anonymous says:

    That is so great. Saving lives with green smoothies! Who knew?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Robyn is that Katie Dudley on the front row there? She is such a beautiful person inside and out! I too would like to know about making infant formula. My husband and I are going to start trying to have kids and I am unable to breastfeed.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Nicole, Katie wasn’t in my Sandy class although she is my photographer and I agree entirely! (It was a huge class, but I think I would have noticed if Katie were there.) Check out Dr. Ritamarie Lozcalzo online regarding homemade, high-nutrition infant formula!

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