Brown found out her oldest son, Marshall, could have hemophilia when she was seven months pregnant. Her father and uncles also had the disease, and she is a carrier. By the time Marshall was 6 months old, test results confirmed he had a bleeding disorder.
Now, the family attends CAMC's clinics once a year.
"My kids don't consider it a disability," Brown said.
Marshall, a senior at Sissonville High School, recently had to write an essay for a college application. The prompt asked him to write about some adversity he had overcome in his life.
"He said, 'I can't think of anything,' " Brown said. "It's great that my son doesn't consider it a disability or a hindrance. And it's just a part of who he is."
Growing up wasn't always easy for Brown's sons, however. While Marshall liked staying in the house, younger brother Harrison was more rambunctious. He tried to play baseball in elementary school, but he kept spraining his ankle, and that led to internal bleeds.
"He realized he couldn't do it," she said.
It hasn't been easy for the mother, either. She worried every time her sons played touch football in the park near their home, or even had a snowball fight.
"Snowballs freak me out. My uncle died from getting hit with a snowball with a rock in it. He died in my dad's arms," she said.
But Brown said her sons have learned to deal with their disorder. They don't fight. They know they can't play contact sports. Marshall started injecting his own factor about six months ago and now does it for Harrison, too.
"My kids have to learn to deal with their hemophilia within the realm of the world," she said. "In the real world, people aren't going to make exceptions for them."
CAMC's hemophilia clinics have been a large part of that learning process, she said.
"Donna Arden has been a blessing in our family," Brown said. "She has counseled, she's given advice, she's absolutely been a blessing."