Cassaundra Lazar

Fayetteville, NC, United States

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Cassaundra Lazar
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is the most precious thing in your life and why?
People do throw the word “love” around quite a bit don’t they!? You cannot “love” ice cream (even though a pint of Cherry Garcia might mimic the feeling lol). To me love means that you have the confidence to look out into the world around you, embrace it for all it is worth and to be able to share those experiences with those you love. Love is in the smile of my daughter, the tail wagging of my beloved dogs, the embrace of my husband, the sunrise over the outer banks, and the cup of tea from my mother when we visit. With that alone I am able to sacrifice everything for them and push myself to do better as a wife, mother, daughter, and a member of humanity. Love is also in the things that I do for other people outside of our immediate family. Something as simple as a kind gesture or a word of encouragement can make all the difference in someone’s life. Love is family, compassion, and caring; it is the song in your soul. Beyond all of the scientific analysis and chemical reactions that come with the feeling of love I am sure that we all will agree that in and of itself love it is simply unquantifiable and intangible. You cannot possess it but rather you have to let it possess you. Think about it, how blessed are we to be able to experience all of this wonderment! Life is indeed a beautiful mosaic that it ever evolving!
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Cassaundra Lazar
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is the most precious thing in your life and why?
Love is by far the most precious! Love cuts through everything else and leaves a sense of purity, direction, fulfillment, and peacefulness. The many different variations in which love can exist (parent to child, spouse, pets, interests, passions, etc.) make life worth living. We all have someone or something that we love, without it we are just an empty shell.
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Cassaundra Lazar
Posted about 2 years ago
Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders
This talk by Dr. Shankardass has given me hope that there are people who are examining the brain to look for a proper and true diagnosis. I have a 13 year old daughter who has developmental disabilities with no specific classification. We have been to countless developmental diagnostic evaluations, had many IEPs done for her in school, and seen many specialists over the last 12 years of her life. No one has been able to give us an answer as of yet. We are going for genetic testing at UNC this summer, an appointment which has taken over 8 months to get, and maybe then we will find some answers. The clinic that she was going to at Womack ARMY medical center suggested that it could be connected to a tertiary effect from my father’s exposure to Agent Orange when he served in the Vietnam War. They told me that I could be a carrier a mutation and might have passed it down to her even though I have no symptoms. In addition, she also has suffered from physical problems. She has had two surgeries on her right tibia in an effort to remove an aneurysmal bone cyst that made her bone so fragile it was like an egg shell. They tell me that this could possibly be connected to exposure as well. This is all I have heard for over a decade. Maybe, possibly, it could be this or that and it has become extremely frustrating. My heart is saddened that no one has ever suggested neurological diagnostic testing for her and now that I know that such programs and treatments exist I am actively looking for a reputable clinic to take her to. We are relocating to NYC and would like to know of any clinics in the area. If we could finally find an answer she can get the proper therapy and treatment to meet her full potential and that would mean the world to us. Sadly she has been shuffled around, misdiagnosed, and left to the wayside despite our best efforts. I am her strongest advocate, and I always will be but I need to know where to start. Thank you for your important work Dr. Shankardass.