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PO Box 519

Barnegat Light, NJ 08006

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Why a Wave of Life?

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Once upon a time, I had a career doing national security investigations for the Federal Government. In a post 9/11 world, it meant a lot to me to me to feel I was doing my tiny part keeping our country safe.  About 7 years into this job, I gave birth to a beautiful, perfect baby boy.  A severely premature baby that spent a month and a day in the NICU.  A month that was spent whispering “just breathe” over and over before Dylan finally came home strapped to a breathing monitor.  He was almost 4 and a half pounds.  As with any 1st born, our lives were forever changed.

Within the 1st 6 months of life as a new Mom, I learned a lot of new things.  I learned about things like spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, and blindness due to something called cortical visual impairment.  I learned what it felt like to hand over a tiny 6 month old baby to a surgical nurse who would carry our son in for cranial surgery.  During this surgery, his skull was cut open from ear to ear to correct a condition called craniosynostosis.  Yes, I learned a lot of big and intimidating words as a new parent. So what does any of this have to do with Wave of Life? 

Well, for one thing, it was a no brainer that I would leave my job; I needed to be with my son.  I turned in my badge and threw myself into trying to navigate our new world.  Days were filled with vision therapy, physical therapy, and just holding him close.  During this time, I spent more months and miles than I can count walking Dylan in his stroller around our little beach town.   The winds of change had blown us into uncharted waters and trying to adjust my sails accordingly wasn’t always easy.  I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was hurt by the looks of pity we got, and later disgusted by the open stares of ignorance.  

Over those months and miles walked, the understanding and belief slowly grew that we have a choice.  Our lives can change in an instant, and yes, that is out of our control, but how we choose to react to it all is up to us.  We can’t stop the waves of change, but we can learn to surf.  But more than that, we can really RIDE, make the most of the waves we are given and live life to the fullest.  Thus the concept for a lifestyle brand was born.  We want people to know that compassion and kindness is everything.  So be kind, be compassionate, ride the Wave of Life.