Social Distancing – all too familiar for cancer patients

By Les Friedman, CEO and Mikey’s dad

Social distancing - all too familiar for cancer patients. Wearing a mask and gloves is nothing new for cancer patients.

The spread of the Novel Coronavirus has placed social distancing in the forefront of global attention.  For most people, this is probably their first experience practicing social distancing to avoid infection.  But for cancer patients, it’s well, just another Monday.  The concept of social distancing is all too familiar for cancer patients, whose immune systems may be compromised because of their disease or treatment.

Wearing a mask, donning gloves, avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing aren’t anything new. While this behavior is the new normal for everyone during COVID-19, it’s the “always normal” for cancer patients.  

That’s why when it comes to coping with isolation, cancer patients are a step ahead of everyone else.  Because they’ve been practicing social distancing and staying connected, while apart, for years. 

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Mind-body Practices Can Lower Distress

Mind-body practices like connecting with friends on a laptop can lower distress.
Mind-body practices like connecting with friends on a laptop can lower distress.

Receiving a childhood cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment can be very stressful. Every aspect of a child’s life is turned upside down. The uncertainty and pain associated with long and grueling treatment can be overwhelming. But the good news is there are ways to help children cope.  Mind-body practices like yoga, mindfulness, and diversion can in fact lower distress. And connecting with classmates, friends and family using electronic devices can help at a time of significant isolation.

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What Did The Doctor Just Say?

By Les Friedman, Mikey’s dad

What did the doctor just say image of doctor.

When the doctor speaks with you about your child’s diagnosis, you might hear what he’s saying, but hearing isn’t the same as understanding.  This happens not only because it’s difficult to process information after receiving overwhelming news, but also because childhood cancer has its own complex vocabulary of medical terms and acronyms. Lots of new information coupled with a lot of emotion makes it difficult to process what you were just told. As a result, you may find yourself wondering, “What did the doctor just say?”

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Chemotherapy, Kids and Mood Swings

By Les Friedman
CEO and Mikey’s dad

Chemotherapy, Kids and Mood Swings - be prepared.

When your child is about to begin chemotherapy, you may already know the possible side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. But are you prepared for the mood swings and emotional changes that your child may experience during his treatment? Just like chemotherapy side effects that you can physically see, such as hair loss, mental health issues are also a very real and common effect for kids coping with cancer.

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Laptop Computers Help Kids With Cancer Smile!

Laptops Add Smiles
“Thank you so much for my laptop! I really love it.” Emily

Laptop computers can help kids with cancer smile and Emily knows this all too well. Emily is a delightful eleven-year-old who loves to bake tasty confections for her family and her doctors. When she isn’t baking, she’s busy painting, an activity she enjoys almost as much as baking! Emily is also battling Leukemia for the second time, but a Mikey’s Way laptop helped put a shining smile on her beautiful face.

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This #GivingTuesday Give Like Mikey

#GivingTuesday Give Like Mikey: "The best gift that you can get is to give a gift to another person.

As children across the country dream about holiday gifts and holiday parties, our hearts go out to all the pediatric cancer patients whose holiday will be spent wishing they could feel better. Some are so sick they have to spend their holidays in a hospital room.

And while most children await the gift-giving season with excited anticipation, when your family is burdened with medical bills, gifts become a luxury that are difficult to afford. That’s why our Mikey’s Wish List and Mikey’s Way Day programs are especially important during this time of year.

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Mindfulness: Mind-Body Therapy

Learn How Mindfulness Mind-Body Therapy Can Help Pediatric Cancer Patients

By: Rachel Baumann, M.A.
Emily Winter, M.A., S.Y.C., N.C.S.P.

Mindfulness can help pediatric cancer patients
“Visualize Your Favorite Place to Be” is a great grounding exercise to use during moments of stress or anxiety.

What is mindfulness? How does it work? And, how exactly does it relate to cancer care for pediatric patients?

Mindfulness is a mind-body form of therapy that connects physical health to mental well-being.  It’s a technique in which an individual strives to remain in the present moment, not worried about the future, nor dwelling in the past. Mindfulness helps children (and adults!) remain focused on what is happening in the present: cognitively and emotionally, as well as keeping individuals tuned into their senses. (1)  

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Laptops Help Kids During Treatment

Laptops help kids with connection
Laptops help kids, like Wish List recipient Matt, connect to their world during treatment.

Laptops Are Able To Help Kids Cope With Isolation During Treatment

When a child has cancer, one of the challenges he or she faces is isolation from friends and classmates. While it’s often possible to keep up with schoolwork, it’s not so easy to maintain the social and group interactions experienced at school. But, laptops can help kids connect with their friends and classmates during treatment.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness: 10 Facts

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Childhood cancer is a daily reality for thousands of children across America. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During this month families, researchers, advocates, communities and other charities unite to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

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CT Scan vs MRI Scan – What’s the Difference?

CT Scan vs MRI Scan

CT scan vs MRI scan – both are diagnostic medical tests that, like traditional X-rays, produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of your child’s body. Radiologists use the images generated from these scans to detect, diagnosis, or monitor your child’s health during and after treatment. So, what’s the differences between a CT (computerized tomography) scan and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)?

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