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December 2015

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New Year’s Wishes: 5 Hopes For The Future Of Childhood Cancers

Jill Beck, MD, hematology/oncology physician at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

With all the progress that’s been made in pediatric cancer, there’s still much more to be done. Dr. Jill Beck shares her hopes for the future of childhood cancers in 2016.

 

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New Year Brings New Hope For The Family Of A Pediatric Cancer Survivor

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Life after pediatric cancer treatment looks very different—especially for a family. Jenni DeWitt shares how her son’s survivorship affected hers.

 

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New Year Countdown: Top 5 Hopes For The Future Of Pediatric Cancer Care

Anisa Hoie, RN, hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Hope is powerful concept. Pediatric oncology nurse Anisa Hoie shares her 2016 countdown of hopes for the future of cancer care in children.


November 2015

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Juggling Your Child’s Medical Bills And Your Holiday Budget

Anisa Hoie, RN, hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Medical bills can pile up quickly. Find out how to balance those cancer treatment bills with your holiday budget.

 

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5 Fun Holiday Gift Ideas For Kids With Cancer—That Won’t Break The Bank

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Take this list of fun holiday gift ideas on your next shopping trip to find some great buys for your cancer kid that won’t break the bank.

 

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Celebrating Family Caregivers: 7 Homemade Holiday Gifts To Show You Care

Christy Hogan, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Medical bills on top of everyday bills means you may not have a lot of extra money to spend this season. Check out these 7 homemade holiday gift ideas.


October 2015

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Holiday Cheer: 5 Tips To Ease Family Pressure During Your Kid’s Cancer Diagnosis

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

It can be a struggle to summon holiday cheer when your child has cancer. Try these 5 ways to ease family pressure and make your season bright.

 

dealing with cancerDealing With Cancer During The Holidays

Sean Akers, PsyD, licensed clinical pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Holidays are stressful even when you’re not dealing with cancer. Here’s how to make the most of them in the midst of your child’s cancer diagnosis.

 

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Finding True Holiday Spirit In The Midst Of A Cancer Diagnosis

Rev. Dale Wratchford, BCC, MHA, chaplain in Pastoral & Spiritual Care at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Whether your cancer kid was just diagnosed or is in the midst of treatment, here’s advice on keeping holiday spirit perspective this season.


September 2015

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Handling Insensitive Comments About Your Child’s Cancer Diagnosis

Sean Akers, PsyD, licensed clinical pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Most people who comment on a child’s cancer diagnosis don’t mean to say hurtful things. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t accidentally make very insensitive comments.

Here are 5 tips for dealing with insensitive comments about your child’s cancer diagnosis.

 

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How To Handle Insensitive Comments From Family Members

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

How do you handle family members who mean well, but sometimes say insensitive things? Learn the best ways to deal with them—and still remain family. Here are 4 ways to go about it.

 

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Handling Insensitive Comments About Cancer From Classmates

Christy Hogan, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

When cancer patients or cancer survivors go back to school, their classmates may have a lot of questions. Here are 3 tips for handling insensitive comments about cancer from classmates.


August 2015

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7 Ways To Get “Me Time” As A Parent Of A Cancer Kid

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Any time you have a child who requires extra care, it’s easy to lose touch with your own needs.

However, if there is one thing I’ve learned through our experience with childhood cancer, it’s that you cannot forget to take care of yourself.

 

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Helping Teens Living With Cancer: 5 Coping Tools

Sean Akers, PsyD, licensed clinical pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Cancer at any age is difficult. During the teen years, it can be especially tough. Here are 5 tools that can help teens living with cancer come up with healthy ways to cope with their emotions.

 

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4 Family Fun Activities To Enjoy When You Can’t Leave The House

Anisa Hoie, RN, hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

When cancer treatment limits the activities your child can do outside of the home, it’s important to find ways to make staying at home just as adventurous and fun. Here are 4 suggestions.


July 2015

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How Does Cancer Affect Your Cancer Kid’s Siblings?

Jenni DeWitt, mom to Cooper, battling leukemia at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

People often ask me, “How is your other son dealing with Cooper’s diagnosis?”

In my mind I’m thinking, “How’s he doing? I don’t know. Hopefully okay. He seems okay. But then again, maybe he’s just not talking about it. Or am I just too exhausted and distracted to hear him?”

 

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How Does Cancer Affect A Child’s Social, Emotional, And Cognitive Development?

Christy Hogan, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Having cancer touches so many different areas of a child’s life. For a lot of children, the mental experience has just as much of an impact as the physical experience.

 

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How Does Cancer Affect Your Child’s Immune System?

Anisa Hoie, RN, hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Beating cancer means giving kids medications that weaken the immune system. Here’s a look at how to prevent other infections.


June 2015

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How Challenging Family Became My Son’s Greatest Health Advocates

Jenni DeWitt, mom to Cooper, battling leukemia at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Cancer’s unwritten rules can be tricky. Learn how one critical moment can turn uninformed family members into your child’s greatest health advocates.

 

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Christy Hogan, CCLS, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Here are 3 questions to consider when figuring out how to explain your child’s cancer diagnosis to classmates and friends.

 

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Anisa Hoie, RN, hematology/oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha

Here’s what you need to know about taking time off of work when your child has cancer.


 

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