Raise Awareness About Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Childhood cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease among children in the United States. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This is a month to raise awareness about childhood cancer.  Additionally, it’s a time to celebrate advances in childhood cancer treatment and survivorship care.  Equally important, this is a time to honor kids with cancer and to remember the children we’ve lost.  It is essential to raise awareness about childhood cancer because we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this disease. Together we can work toward the golden goal when every child with cancer can live a long and healthy life. 

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Thou Shalt Not Live in Fear

Thou Shalt Not Live in Fear
Mikey

Mikey Friedman, founder of Mikey’s Way Foundation, often used the written word to express his innermost thoughts and philosophical perspectives.  Such as, in his essay, “The Touch of a Soul Mate, the Thrill of the Hunt” he speaks about probability and how we might choose to live in a random world. For example, here he draws from his experience with randomness, suggesting that “Thou shalt not live in fear.” 

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Long Wait Times

Long Wait Times
Unsplash photo by Lucas Alexander

Let’s face it. There’s nothing worse than having a long wait time before seeing the doctor. And while it’s hard for just about everyone, it’s particularly hard on kids going through cancer treatment. Their calendars are already overcrowded with medical appointments. And more minutes at the doctor’s office waiting can only add to their angst. So, what can you do to make long wait times easier on both you and your child?

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Quiet in the Hospital

Quiet in the hospital

Intravenous infusion pumps beep-beep-beeping, squeaky cart wheels rolling across polished floors, nursing call systems, pagers, hallway conversations, and roommates all make for a busy, noisy place.  Anyone who has ever been hospitalized or sat at a patient’s bedside, knows hospitals are bustling with noise and interruptions. And while the delivery of care undeniably generates commotion, patients still need restful moments to retreat from the stimuli. After all, finding quiet in the hospital, finding distraction in this explosion of stimulation and sound is important for all patients.

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Choices

Choices - Mikey's graduation
Michael Friedman at his high school graduation

Michael Friedman peppered his High School Commencement speech with golden nuggets of wisdom. He told his fellow graduates that it was their generation’s turn to make a difference in the world. He shared his perspective about choices, describing how experiences dictate decisions. And that an arsenal of experiences drives the choices we make.

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Manage Childhood Cancer Stress

Manage Childhood Cancer Stress
Photo by Gift Habeshaw on unsplash

The moment the doctor utters the words, “Your child has cancer” your world is turned upside down. And what follows after the initial shock is stress. It can be extremely stressful for both you and your child as you try to comprehend the disease, the medical jargon and what lies ahead. But, it’s important to recognize that this stress is a normal reaction to the situation. As a matter of fact, there are ways to help manage childhood cancer stress. 

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Child Life Month and Social Work Month

Child Life Month and Social Work Month

As March arrives with the promise of warmer days and hope for the end of winter, it’s the ideal month to honor some very special healthcare professionals.  March is both Child Life Month and Social Work Month, a time to recognize the amazing contributions these two professions make to the pediatric healthcare environment. Their presence and the programs they provide are essential during a child’s medical journey.

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Staying Connected During Treatment

Staying connected during treatment
Staying connected during treatment by using tablets and laptops can go a long way in helping to fight feelings of isolation.

Isolation – it’s one of the first challenges a child may face after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Not being able to attend school, see friends or take part in other normal activities can be very isolating. Long hospital stays or hours spent receiving treatment can take their toll adding to the feelings of isolation. But staying connected during treatment is critical.

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Share a little love on Valentine’s Day

Share a little love on Valentine’s Day
Photo by Element5Digital on Unsplash 

Heart shaped boxes of chocolates, fancy dinners, red roses, and greeting cards are synonymous with Valentine’s Day. And while the holiday certainly revolves around these for many of us, it can be a tough time to be alone in the hospital, especially for kids. That’s why it’s so important to share a little love on Valentine’s Day with a pediatric cancer patient.

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Mikey’s Way Gifts Bring Relief

Wish List gifts bring relief

Mikey Friedman founded Mikey’s Way to help pediatric cancer patients cope with what he felt was, “perhaps the most difficult burden: the psychological challenges of cancer treatment.”  Not only do Mikey’s Way gifts bring relief but they also provide a pathway out of the boredom and isolation that occurs with treatment.

The Wish List program is an integral part of Mikey’s vision. These Mikey’s Way gifts bring relief because they provide a lifeline to the outside world. In fact they can provide a connection to the children’s friends, family, and classmates. In addition they help combat the long hours of treatment, the intense loneliness and sense of isolation.

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