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September 29, 2017 | Jenny M. Despotovic, DO

Immune thrombocytopenia, more commonly known as ITP, is a disorder that results in low platelets. Platelets are the cells circulating in the blood that help control bleeding by forming a blood clot. When the platelets are low, common symptoms include easy bruising and formation of small, red, flat marks on the body called petechiae. Affected patients can also develop more serious bleeding, though fortunately this is rare. It is common for children with ITP to have fatigue, and activity restrictions are necessary when the platelet count is low to minimize risk of serious injury. 

ITP occurs in both adults and children. In children, it...

September 28, 2017 | Wayne Jay Franklin, MD

Thanks to advances in cardiovascular care, almost all children born with heart problems, regardless of severity, are now expected to live into adulthood. In fact, we now have more adults with congenital heart disease than children.  For many providers across the country, adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients represent a special population to care for, since these adult patients were formerly children who grew up with heart problems from childhood, often from birth. 

Thus, it is so important for ACHD patients to be treated by experts specifically trained to care for them and their unique health challenges. Here at Texas...

September 26, 2017 | Jodi Vasquez, mother of patients

Elena and Peyton have the same passion: swimming 

Elena began swimming when she was 10 years old at the suggestion of her orthopedic surgeon while her brother, Peyton, was fighting cancer. She loved the sport instantly and found the water relieved the stress of life’s curveballs and the pain her scoliosis sometimes caused.

Elena excelled instantly in backstroke. Her long arms made her look like a water ballerina. She was so graceful when she swam that her stroke looked like a work of art. 

When it was time to sign up for summer swim league the next year, Elena easily glided across the pool, demonstrating all four strokes...

September 25, 2017 | Michelle Fritsch, social worker

Being told your child has cancer is beyond difficult. Parents have shared they felt overwhelmed, confused and devastated in the first days and weeks after their child’s diagnosis. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is a crisis for the entire family. Every family member is affected, from the youngest to the oldest. A diagnosis of cancer changes the family’s dynamic and throws a wrench into everyone’s day-to-day schedule. So after a family is told the horrific news that their child has cancer, then what?  


Your child’s treatment team has many specialists who will care for the physical and emotional needs of your...

September 22, 2017 | Sophia Sereni, patient
Last September we shared a little bit about . A year later, we’re sharing Sophia’s victory over cancer!

It’s a strange sensation. For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been really close to my mom – which isn’t cool ‘cause I’m a sophomore in high school now. We’ve been together at the hospital, clinic visits, surgeries, emergency center visits and now I’m like, “Mom, you’ve gotta let go. I can do stuff by myself. I’m well; get over it.” It’s all brand new for us.

Since I started this journey, I’ve had faith in Jesus to see me through. I put my...