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‘The Challenge’ star Abram Boise and pregnant wife open up about ‘vanishing twin’

MTV’s “The Challenge” star Abram Boise and his wife, Rachel Missie Boise, recently shared with fans that she’s pregnant with their first child. But the pregnancy hasn’t been what they were expecting.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Missie Boise explained that the couple experienced what’s called a vanishing twin.

“My husband and I are so excited to announce we’re expecting our first child!” the mom-to-be wrote alongside a photo of herself and Boise, 37, exchanging a kiss as she holds up a sonogram. “This pregnancy started out as twins however within the first trimester my body decided it could only support one baby.”

“We experienced what’s called ‘vanishing twin,'” she continued. “The body sacrifices and reabsorbs the other fetus into the uterine wall, putting all that nourishment towards the strongest baby. We had gotten so attached to the idea of twins and mourned the loss of what could have been.”

“Now we continue to celebrate what is, the beautiful life growing healthy and strong,” Missie Boise concluded. “Our bodies are so dedicated towards protecting, and making decisions towards the greater good. Remember to be gentle, take care, and love yourself as your body chooses to love you.”

Vanishing twin syndrome usually occurs within the first trimester of pregnancy. They’re more commonly reported now than in previous years thanks to advancements in ultrasound technology, which can detect multiple pregnancies earlier than ever, according to

Vanishing twins are thought to occur in 20 to 30% of pregnancies, and often the mother doesn’t experience any symptoms. In fact, she usually goes on to have a normal pregnancy and deliver the single baby without complications, according to What To Expect.

A mom who lost one of her twins during pregnancy several years ago, Maura Deptula of Chicago, previously told TODAY that the experience left her “struck by how powerful my sadness was and how it lived alongside my great hope and joy.”

“I had people close to me say things like everything you went through was worth it because you now have this beautiful baby,” she recalled to TODAY. “And it will be easier for you to have only one, in the end, you’ll be happier.”

A vanishing twin left another mom, Julie Cook, a writer for the Daily Telegraph, wondering about the good and bad of early stage ultrasounds.

“Scans have enormous benefits, but do they also have a downside?” she wrote in a blog post a few years back. “Greater technology means greater awareness. But ignorance can sometimes be bliss.”

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Tomball Regional Health Foundation continues supporting community with recent grant to Lone Star College

Lone Star College announced, Oct. 6, that the Tomball Regional Health Foundation awarded the Lone Star College Foundation grants worth $244,696 to help Lone Star College-Tomball’s nursing and lifePATH programs.

LSC-Tomball president Lee Ann Nutt said the college has a longstanding relationship with the Tomball Regional Health Foundation.

“They have been supportive of our programs and our college for many years, we have a great track record with them. …That’s allowed us to maintain this relationship of trust and support,” Nutt said. “Because of that relationship, trust and respect between us, we’ve been able to partner together quite a bit, I’m very grateful for that.”

The grant is technically one award but was split into two different parts, according to Nutt, with $244,696 going toward funding for additional lifePATH staffing and $101,839 helping provide more nursing equipment.

Tomball Hospital Authority CEO and THRF board treasurer Lynn LeBouef said the latest donation puts the foundation over $2 million worth of donations to LSC-Tomball in the last eight years.

“We’re pretty proud of that, been able to assist them on needs and haven’t had to raise tax dollars to provide that care,” LeBouef said.

Nutt said the college wouldn’t be able to purchase the necessary equipment without the foundation’s help.

“Health care equipment is very expensive and while we could purchase some, what they’ve allowed us to do is to equip our programs with the best equipment possible for our students,” Nutt said.

Nutt said the college needed additional options for nursing students to use health care training equipment amid COVID. More than half of the funding went to the purchase of four adult, full-body clinical nursing skills simulators, surgical technology supplies and infusion pumps.

“This equipment will simulate working on a patient because with COVID our students don’t have as much or any access to clinical sites,” Nutt said. “This equipment allows us to fill in that gap a little bit and to be able to still give that clinical experience in a simulated environment. …We can’t do all the clinical hours that way but having that additional equipment really helps solve the problem for us, so we appreciate that.”

Serving the community

The latest grant to Lone Star College is just one of many initiatives that the foundation is doing to help the community.

Tomball Regional Health Foundation Chief Administrative Officer Marilyn Kinyo said the foundation’s mission is to provide funding to nonprofits within their service territory for health care and education needs.

The foundation’s service area consists of 15 zip codes throughout northwest Harris including Tomball, Magnolia, Spring, southern Montgomery and Waller county.

“One issue is that people will call us within our service area but they’re helping folks in other areas outside our service area, other countries. …It has to be within our service area,” Kinyo said.