Anissa V. Rivera
Everything Fairee Manansala learned about love changed when her first child was born in February 2007. Within days of his birth, Ethan’s doctors noticed a heart murmur that they found out was caused by supravalvar aortic stenosis, or a narrowing of a valve in the heart. Ethan also had trouble feeding. He was colicky and had poor motor skills.The list of developmental delays led the Manansalas to a geneticist. That was when Fairee and her husband Jobel first heard the words:...
Ask me to draw a portrait and you’ll get a stick figure or a cartoonish face with too-big eyes and long eyelashes. Nevertheless, drawing, coloring, gardening, or any creative activity remains my top stress reliever and artistic outlet.The women at Casa Treatment Center in Pasadena know the importance of art in expressing themselves. The center offers a weekly arts and crafts program for its clients. It serves about between 250-400 women a year in their residential,...