Your Sick Child Wants to Feel Normal: Here’s How to Help Them

At age seven, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. A scary reality hit my parents like a ton of bricks. How are we going to protect our baby girl? What types of walls or shelter do we need to create so that she can survive this cancer and be well again? I can only imagine the thoughts that went through …

Dealing with Childhood Illness: Social Networking Can Provide Relief

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in 2007, making it the deadliest disease among U.S. children in that age group. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at age seven and spent most of my childhood in and out of hospitals, enduring six major surgeries and several minor …

The Tipping Point: How To Keep it Together When You’re at the Edge

Over the course of my 40-plus years, I have been at the edge many times. As a child who battled cancer, I didn’t exactly know I was trying so hard to keep it together, but there certainly were times when I just wanted to give up fighting and simply be a “normal” kid. As a cancer survivor who continued to …

Thought for Today…

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  — Helen Keller