Images courtesy of Denise Carter
Caitlin Carter, bone marrow recipient
When my pediatrician recommended a complete blood count (CBC) during one of my annual appointments, I was angry because it wasn’t a requirement. I wasn’t any happier when we had to keep returning for additional testing because my counts were low. When this journey started, I remember feeling frustrated after visiting so many different doctors and still not identifying what was wrong. I don’t blame them, though. The condition I was eventually diagnosed with was so rare, and they couldn’t have known....
I’m sitting at my desk, and I can feel my blood pressure start to rise as my legs begin shaking. I swipe back and forth vigorously on my phone, hoping a text message will appear with every stroke of my finger.
It’s 9:03 p.m. “He was supposed to call me three minutes ago,” I think to myself. The rational side of me tries to become the voice of reason. “It’s fine – he probably stopped to take a break because it’s so hot outside, or maybe he just forgot to text me when he got home.”
On the other hand, my...
I get a lot of questions regarding heightened exposure to incidents involving suicide, primarily from caregivers of teenagers and young adolescents. In today’s world, our young ones have more access to constant news coverage and limitless amounts of digital media content (films, series, video games, etc.) than ever before.
How do we help teenagers process what they’re seeing and hearing about suicide without frightening them or sensationalizing the subject?
It would be difficult to...
Images courtesy of Jennifer Rainey
We were given Lilly’s diagnosis over the phone, as we were on our way home from the CT scan of her brain. We were finally told she had Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) – after over a year of chasing the cause behind numerous ear infections, incurable rashes and an unquenchable thirst. This mouthful of words meant nothing to me. Nonetheless, it was an answer. Lilly was only 2 years old, and we were scared to death.
Lilly checked into
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I’m reminded of a back-to-school commercial in which the father is ecstatically shopping for school supplies while this song is playing in the background. As we enter a new school year, now is a good time to establish or reestablish daily routines and healthy sleep habits. A new school year can be a stressful time for both parents and children.
Children adjust to changes more effectively when their daily routines are predictable and steady. Parents can discuss routines...