Posts tagged "pediatric oncology"

Pee-Pee, Poopy and Thomas the Train

My Previous Blog > “Pass It Forward” Upon our return from Maine last year, some pretty big things were on the horizon. First up, Atia was due her monthly chemo injection. Yes, our timing was impeccable, and no, it was no coincidence. We had gone to great lengths planning the trip around her treatment schedule.... Read more »

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Previous Post >“The Perfect PINKALICIOUS Tea Party” Over 13,000 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with it in the United States every year. That translates to a total of 42 children every school day; one every 36 minutes; the equivalent of two average size classrooms. It’s a word all parents fear; a word... Read more »

Atia's Celebration of Life Party

Atia's Celebration of Life Party
My Previous Blog > “Who’s On My Watch?” 19 more days of chemotherapy treatment – Incredible 2 more doses of Methotrexate – Exhilarating 1 more spinal tap with chemo while sedated – Relieving July 10th, the end of treatment – GLORIOUS! After over two years of fighting cancer, a battle unexpectedly thrust upon us, Atia... Read more »
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Playing With Others: Smiles and Giggles

Trying to find the best toy in the box.
My Previous Blog > “Grandpa’s Second Chance, Courtesy of His Little Angel” By the end of May (2010), Asher was seven months old, crawling and had cut his first tooth. He was also tagging along with his big sister to her Gymboree Art and Music classes. Atia was 32 months old and doing really well. She... Read more »

And Dreams Do Come True...

My Previous Blog > “One Year Since Diagnosis” “A dream is a wish your heart makes…” – Disney’s Cinderella  Five years ago, I was paralyzed with fear after receiving a dismal prognosis. I had stage IIIb melanoma. There are only four stages of skin cancer, with the fourth being terminal and I was teetering on... Read more »

One Year Since Diagnosis

The year before, she couldn't walk - Look how far she'd come!
My Previous Blog > “Holy Cow, I’m Published!” April 17, 2010 marked the one year anniversary of Atia’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) diagnosis. Steve and I racked our brains trying to figure out how to commemorate that day – the day that changed everything. After much debate we decided to take Atia and Asher to... Read more »
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Project Ladybug in Atia's Name and Oprah!

My Previous Blog > “Through Her Hair, I Saw Survival” Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? It’s especially meaningful to me, since as you know Atia is being treated for ALL leukemia. So, I wanted to tell you about two very exciting things that are happening at this very moment —... Read more »

The Tides Changed: From Health to Hospital

January 2010
My Previous Blog > “Popular Chicago Blogger and Reality TV Star Team Up to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer” Atia had been battling a cough and runny nose since the Sunday following New Year’s Day (2010). We watched her like a hawk, frequently monitoring her temperature. She didn’t have a fever, which was good because those... Read more »

She Has What?!?! This Can't Be Happening.

Last Week’s Blog > “The ER. I Wish It Was Just a Great Show”  To say that Atia’s blood results weren’t good is an understatement. We were told that the CBC test (complete blood count) showed Atia having a 43,000 white blood cell count. This information meant absolutely nothing to us, because we have no... Read more »
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