In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness month, we wanted to share the story of a Westport Mom who is a brain tumor survivor, and recently published a book sharing her story. Titled “8-Rediscovering Life After a Brain Tumor” because the number 8 was the only thing she could see after her brain surgery, Nathalie details for her daughter life before her tumor, and the many challenges she faced after, including having to relearn how to read and write at age 35. Today, Nathalie loves time at the beach, margaritas at BarTaco and is grateful to the many friends who have been like family to her. Nathalie’s is a story of hope, resilience and persistence – and a reminder that we moms are often even stronger than we ever knew we needed to be!
While many know Nicole after her decade in Westport, many still may not know about the incredible organization, AWARE (Assisting Women though Action Resources and Education) for which she is the Director of Operations here in CT. AWARE selects new organizations each year to support, and their June 1st Annual Event (buy your tickets today!!) will support The Girl’s Club at the CT Institute for Refugees! Outside of her philanthropic efforts, Nicole loves family hikes at Lake Mohegan, cooking for friends (she has a degree in Culinary Arts!) and sleeping in on the rare occasion she can! Nicole swears by good mascara and the apps “Our Pact” (for monitoring family screen time) and “Cozi” (for staying organized). Like all of us, she is learning with her children and is excited by all that lies ahead!
For anyone at the Mother’s Day Celebration panel, the presence of Alisyn Camerota was a special treat. In addition to being incredibly smart, poised, and very skilled with a mic=), she is humble, funny, and not afraid to admit this parenting this is HARD! She shares with us here how she knew from age 15 she wanted to be a broadcast journalist. In addition to being the anchor of CNN’s morning show, New Day, she is mom to three here in Westport, and currently writing her memoir with a lot of focus on her love of 80s punk rock bands, a love she still has today. Alisyn is a true gem in this community, and we are lucky to have her.
An 18 year Westport native, with four children in their 20s, Kitt is the proud new-ish owner of West, the beloved store in downtown Westport. When the former owner was moving to LA, a combination of Kitt’s love for the store, fashion and local business compelled her to take it over – and we’re so glad she did! While we know and are so grateful that Kitt loves Westport, what many don’t know is that Kitt was once a competitive figure skater, and in another life may find herself in law enforcement! Kitt swears by sunscreen, would love to see True Food Kitchen come to Westport, and is known for her positivity- as she says, you never know when a smile may change someone’s life – or your own!
Mom of 6 (YES, 6!) kids, Melissa is a therapist focused on Sensory Process Disorder and the therapeutic treatments availability for kids. After founding the Sensory Kids clinic in Stamford years ago, she just opened a clinic in Wilton (which she helped design!) in partnership with The Southfield Center, offering a multi-disciplinary treatment center with access to specialists of all types. In her spare time, Melissa loves family hikes at Devil’s Den, admits to being quite shy deep down, and claims her new Dyson hairdryer was worth the splurge! In another life she’d be a full-time mom or ski bum, and places tremendous value on screen-free time for her and her kids to enjoy this fleeting time in life! Thank you Melissa for all that you do for this community!
If you are as obsessed with ABC’s new series, A Million Little Things, as we are, you may enjoy this fun fact – Stephanie Szostak (DELILAH!!) is a Westport Mom herself! Stephanie grew up in Paris, met her husband in college, and after years in Corporate America decided to pursue acting at age 29! She shares how the power of saying no may have landed her this latest role and how filming in Vancouver has impacted her family and teenage boys! Stephanie also admits she can throw a football with a tight spiral, swears by Lancome BiFacil Makeup Remover, and longs for an art-house movie theater locally. Stephanie is as impressive in real life as on screen, and we can’t wait for Season 2!