I've met some of the best people through some of the most unfortunate set of circumstances: childhood cancer. The common-bond of the relationships are all geared towards the cancer fight. The fight for your child. The fight for quality care. The fight for survival. The question us parents ask ourselves on a daily basis is where do we fight? Where do we take a stand?
Roughly 3,100 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with leukemia every year, one type being Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). ALL is a fast-growing cancer of lymphocyte-forming cells called lymphoblast, which dramatically suppress the immune system's ability to heal itself...
Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) is a rare congenital craniofacial deformity that causes underdeveloped jaw and cheek bones. Children with TCS have very small or absent cheekbones, stretching of the lower eyelids, abnormal ears and their lower jaw is normally small.
Below are some common questions we receive from parents whose children are diagnosed with TCS.
How common is TCS?
TCS occurs in about 1 out of every 10,000 births.
What causes TCS?
TCS is caused by a mutation in various genes. There are two ways in which TCS can occur. One way is a new mutation. When this happens, both parents pass on normal...
It’s the same conversation every time … at a party, on the airplane, in line at the grocery store.
A well-meaning stranger asks me, “What do you do?”
I automatically reply, “I develop interventions for grieving kids.”
And then comes the long pause, usually a look of genuine concern, and then, “Wow. I don’t know how you do that. Must be so depressing.”
To some extent, this is true. Recognizing that children and adolescents, right here in our own backyard, are experiencing devastating events on a daily basis is depressing. Especially in light of the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, these events are...
What are nurse practitioners?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are advance practice registered nurses who have acquired the essential knowledge and decision-making skills to diagnose, treat and provide evidence-based care and education to patients and families. NPs complete a master's or doctoral degree program that includes didactic (classroom) and clinical courses which allow us to practice in primary and acute care settings. As NPs, we fulfill a needed role in health care, using our training and skills to promote the health and ongoing well-being of our patients. Becoming an NP includes undergoing a rigorous national certification and...
The flu shot can give you the flu
The flu vaccine contains a killed virus, so it is not possible to get infected and “catch the flu” from the shot.
Symptoms commonly associated with the vaccine include soreness at the injection site, generalized achiness, and possibly low-grade fever following the injection which are due to your body’s immune reaction to the vaccine. These symptoms are actually indicating that your immune system has been primed to fight off the influenza virus should you be exposed to it.
You don’t need a flu shot this year if you got one last year
There are multiple strains of...