Cassy Fiano-Chesser

Cassy Fiano-Chesser
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Cassy Fiano-Chesser is a Jacksonville native and mom to six kids. Her husband is a Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient. She works from home as a blogger and a freelance writer, and they currently live in the Argyle area of Jacksonville. Benjamin is their oldest, born in 2011, and he loves being a big brother. Wyatt was born in 2012, and he has Down syndrome. Ivy came next, in 2013, followed by Clara, born in 2015, who is a diva-with-a-capital-D. Rounding out the brood is Felicity, born in 2017, and Lilly, born in 2007. They love discovering things to do on the First Coast and going on family adventures, as well as cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp and the Icemen.

What It’s Like to Go Under the Knife to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

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Last year, I wrote about my decision to undergo a bilateral salpingectomy — or, in plain English, to have my fallopian tubes removed. Why? Because according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists...

Can You Escape The Great Escape Room?

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When you have little ones, date nights are essential, and my husband and I try to get out as often as we can. Dinner and a movie, concerts, bowling — all of these things...

This New Year, Resolve to Give Your Child a Brighter Future

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It's a new year, and so across the world, people are making New Year's resolutions. While people typically vow to do something like lose more weight or pick up a new hobby, what if...

The Motherhood Struggle Nobody Warned Me About

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When I was a new mom, I had been warned about so much — let's face it, that's everyone's favorite pastime with expecting mothers, right? To tell them all about how terrible having a...

This Holiday, Give the Gift of a College Education

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Every holiday season, we encounter the same problem — what to get our kids for Christmas. As a parent, I love giving my kids something I know they want; I love seeing their huge...

ARPKD Was Supposed to Be a Death Sentence, but Instead It Brought Hope

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For most parents, a healthy baby is all they hope for out of pregnancy. You just want your baby to be alive and happy and safe — and because worrying is what moms do...

What It’s Really Like to Transition From Military to Civilian Life

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My husband and I met when we were just kids, but we didn't get married until over a decade later — when he was serving his country as a United States Marine. For the...

Florida Prepaid: What Your Family Needs to Know About Saving for College

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Every parent worries about their child's future, and in today's world, a college education is a key component of success. But college tuition is more expensive than ever before, and the idea of saving...

What I Hope (And Fear) For My Child with Down Syndrome

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I had a conversation about Down syndrome with some friends recently, and we talked about what life is like raising a child who has it. One question I get asked pretty frequently is what...

The Drastic Step I’m Taking to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer," and for good reason: There are often very few recognizable symptoms until the cancer has become extremely advanced. The symptoms that women do get are vague, and...
Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

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Last October, I found out I was pregnant with baby no. five. While not entirely unexpected, the news wasn't something I was able to completely celebrate; I had a lot of concerns and fears...

Jacksonville Day Trip: The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

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Growing up on Florida's First Coast, I was a frequent visitor to St. Augustine. Like most people, I would see the great cross off in the distance, but it wasn't until I was an...