Feeling Relieved and Blessed

It's been a long summer. One reason I enjoy having my own blog is because of the wonderful connections I make with you, my readers and friends.  Sometimes, you reach out to me. Sometimes you don't.  But, I know you are there. I wanted to share some news with you today that has not been shared here yet, but has been on some of my social media outlets. I enjoy being able to offer a personal side to my blog in addition to the other travel and leisure stories I cover and I feel it is important to share this news with you.

We had some medical issues with my 8-year-old son that resulted in a lot of periods of waiting this summer. An MRI revealed that he was more than likely born with a cyst on his pineal gland in the brain. The pineal gland is located between the two hemispheres of the brain and is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of the hormone melatonin. If the cyst is too large then it can cause problems, but other than that one can live with the cyst without any problems. 

We had a consult with Duke Pediatric Neurosurgery yesterday, and were told that that surgery was NOT needed. We will continue to monitor growth of the cyst through scans.  Our doctor told us that he has only seen two cases where the cyst grew so we feel that odds are on our side for a great prognosis.  

Jack started third grade this year. He has a wonderful, supportive family at his school and we feel so relieved and blessed. 

I will soon get back to writing and will begin to share more things with you as my work hours increase. I'm excited to announce that I will be a guest of Italian Tourism in October for #TBDItaly in Rimini. I'll be meeting with my Skimbaco Lifestyle editor, Katja Presnal, and other colleagues there. 

I have also accepted a few lifestyle campaigns for this fall which will get me back to sharing some of my parenting moments here. Liza starts preschool after Labor Day and will be in school five mornings a week. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer.  Here's to a great school year, and my having some additional time to give "my third baby...The HinesSight Blog" a little more attention again. 

My next Southern Chat will be soon. Be sure to check out two of my latest articles on Skimbaco Lifestyle about some fabulous N.C. places. 

Grab a Table at Dan'l Boone Inn in Boone, N.C. 

Best Strawberry Shortcake EVER

Luxury Check-In: Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C. 

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C. is a great place to explore


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