Positive Attitude?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in As a Child, As a Teen, General, Keeping it Together | 2 comments

Positive Attitude?

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, but since it is also childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and since I try to focus on whatever the month is and raising awareness for each illness if possible, I figured that we could bring attention to Leukemia and Lymphoma in August. What I do want to share right now is that Leukemia, cancer of any kind, or even dealing with a broken bone, trying to stay positive is very, very difficult. I want all of you to know that my book Everything’s Okay, although it...

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Second Opinions

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in As a Child, General, Hospital Experiences, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

I have vivid childhood memories of being carted from doctor to doctor in order to get a second (and third) opinion. When a child, or anyone for that matter, is diagnosed with something serious, it is only natural to hope the diagnosis could be wrong. After you get past that feeling, reality sinks in, and you come to realize that life is going to change, getting another opinion is not only important but at times necessary. Different doctors sometimes see different things and have other ways to tackle the problem...

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Moving Home

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in As a Child, As a Teen, Keeping it Together | 1 comment

Moving Home

When they say there is no place like home, they mean it! Four months in a rental home just was not my real home. Don’t get me wrong, the home we rented was really nice – it was comfortable and everything one would need for healing after going through what we have been through this past winter – but it just was not ours. It reminded me of when I was a child spending months in the hospital. Although the nurses and my parents made it as comfortable as possible for me, it just was not my home, not my...

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Mommy Bags

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in As a Child, As a Teen, Book Updates, Comic Book, General, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

Mommy Bags

For the past few years, I include my books in things called “Mommy Bags” pioneered by a lovely women from CHOP. She does this project on her own and has people donate personal items to her so that she can make up individual gift bags for about 30 moms who are (kind of) living at CHOP while their children undergo treatments. When she brought me on board it was uncertain if I could actually manage gifting 30 books without any extra fundraising help. I run my foundation very closely and since I am small,...

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Scale Back During the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in As a Child, General, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

Scale Back During the Holidays

We all love the holidays! No matter what we celebrate, we embrace traditions and let them take over our lives. What we should do is overruled by what we are expected to do – can you put yourself into the RIGHT category? My guess is that most everyone struggles to find what is right for them. For us, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, not for religious reasons, but with mixed marriages throughout the entire family. We have embraced our own traditions. We mix our traditional foods from all sides of the...

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Hanukkah Reflection

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in As a Child, As a Teen, General, Hospital Experiences, Keeping it Together | 0 comments

Hanukkah Reflection

Since we are moving forward through December and all of my favorite holidays, keeping it together during those times is a bit challenging. For me instead of dwelling on my recent issues I feel like a reflection on the past is in order. Try to stay focused during the holidays, even though you are dealing with someone who may be seriously ill. I am reflecting on a time when I was about 17 years old and spent all of the holidays hospitalized for surgery and recovery. Although it was a bit strange for me and...

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