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December 2016

kids with cancer

10 Ways To Tell Kids With Cancer “You’re Special” During The Holiday Season 

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

Kids with cancer need to hear “you’re special” during the holidays. Here are 10 ways to tell your child what he means to you.

 

holiday wishes

Our Holiday Wishes To You, From The Staff At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

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

Our holiday wishes are for your family to make new memories, filled with love and joy.

 

craft ideas, kids in the hospital

3 Festive Holiday Craft Ideas For Kids In The Hospital

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

The holidays are a great time to get together and get creative. Kids in the hospital during this season can add some cheer to their rooms with these easy-to-make crafts.


November 2016

simple things

3 Simple Things I Grew More Thankful For After My Son Was Diagnosed With Cancer

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

With her son’s cancer treatment more than a year behind them, Jenni DeWitt shares 3 things she cherishes now, more than ever, since his leukemia battle.

 

friends and relatives

What Friends And Relatives Did For Me When Cancer Struck My Family

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

The amount of support and love that families battling cancer receive is both amazing and inspiring. 22 families share how friends and relatives helped them.

 

paper cranes

A Heart With Wings: How One Girl Inspired Others With Her Handmade Paper Cranes

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

Lizzie Stratton made paper cranes while she was going through cancer treatment. Here’s her story, and how she inspired others.


October 2016

superheroes

At Halloween: How I Talked To My Son About Superheroes, And What They Really Are

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Superheroes don’t just wear capes—they come in other forms. The mom of a pediatric cancer survivor shares her unique perspective.

 

halloween crafts for kids

5 Bewitching Halloween Crafts For Kids To Make In The Hospital

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

Your child can add some delightfully spooky touches to his hospital room with these 5 Halloween crafts for kids.

 

healthy Halloween cookies; halloween cookies

5 Healthy Halloween Cookies For Kids With Cancer

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

Here are 5 recipes for delicious and healthy Halloween cookies.


September 2016

pediatric cancer

3 Ways I Got Cooper’s Mind Off Pediatric Cancer Treatment

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

A mom shares what she did to get her child’s mind off the side effects of cancer treatment.

 

healing touch

How Healing Touch Therapy Can Soothe Children With Cancer

Sheila Mee, DMin, CHTP,  Healing Touch practitioner for the Hand in Hand Palliative Care Program at Children’s

A healing touch practitioner describes how the technique can help childhood cancer patients.

 

palliative care nurse

A Day In The Life Of A Palliative Care Nurse

Katie Vail, MSN, APRN, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner for Hand in Hand Palliative Care Program at Children’s

From coordinating care to providing support for the whole family, here’s what a day in the life of a palliative care nurse is like.


August 2016

learning difficulties

Helping Kids With Learning Difficulties After Cancer Treatment

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

Here’s how parents and schools can support kids who are struggling with learning difficulties after cancer treatment.

 

academic success // childhood cancer

4 Ways To Encourage Academic Success After Childhood Cancer Treatment 

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

Having cancer can impact a child’s learning and school experience. Fortunately, there are many things that parents can do to help their kids succeed.

 

childhood cancer

How I Made School Safer For My Son During Childhood Cancer

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Mom Jenni DeWitt worried about sending her young son in cancer treatment to preschool. Here’s how she prepared.


July 2016

dealing with bullies

Dealing With Bullies: How Parents Can Help Childhood Cancer Patients

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

Here’s what you should know about dealing with bullies—from how to tell if your child is being bullied to ways to help him cope.

 

teens with cancer

Talking To Teens With Cancer About Fertility Issues

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

Parents of teens with cancer have many issues to talk about with their kids. Here are some things to discuss about future fertility.

 

teen cancer

Talking To Your Teen Cancer Survivor About Dating

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

Here are a few questions and answers about teen cancer survivors and dating for parents to consider.


June 2016

help for military families

7 Groups That Offer Help For Military Families When A Child Is Seriously Ill  

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

The costs add up, but there’s help for military families when a child is seriously ill. Here are some groups that provide financial aid and other support.

 

childhood leukemia

Flying High: An Air Force Baby Goes To Battle Against Childhood Leukemia

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

Childhood leukemia didn’t stop little Josie Beardsley from living a full life … and even speaking 2 languages.

 

military kids

Hands On Adventures: The Right Stuff For Military Kids Facing An Illness

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

For military kids who are facing a serious illness, life is extra stressful. But this group provides exciting adventures they’ll never forget.


May 2016

pediatric cancer research

Prominent Athletes Who Support Pediatric Cancer Research

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

Here are a few athletes and organizations that have joined the team of supporters who raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.

 

 childhood cancer survivors

High Achievers: 3 Olympic And Paralympic Athletes Who Survived Childhood Cancer

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

Here are 3 Olympians, Paralympians, and Olympic hopefuls who also happen to be childhood cancer survivors.


April 2016

sick child

Balancing Work When You Have A Sick Child

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

A sick child is your top priority as a parent. But what if you need to work? Here’s how one working mom balanced the two worlds.

 

seriously ill

How I Coped At Work When My Son Was Seriously Ill

Justin DeWitt, father of pediatric cancer survivor

Children who are seriously ill need their parents in many ways, including financial ones. One dad learned to cope while earning the family paycheck.

finding balance

Finding Balance While You’re Caring For A Sick Child

June McAtee, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, Pediatric Oncology, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Finding balance isn’t easy when your child has a serious illness. Here are some tips from a social worker who has guided many parents in this situation.


March 2016

Pediatric Oncologist

The 3 Things That Made My Son’s Pediatric Oncologist Amazing

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

Do your friends and family ever treat you like the local expert when it comes to needing advice about their children’s medical situations?

 

Children with Cancer

Children With Cancer: How Parents Can Help A Child’s Physician During Treatment

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

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents often want to help, but feel unsure of how to do that. There are actually some very simple—but powerful—steps they can take at all stages of treatment.

 

Doctors and Nurses

8 Inspirational Quotes About Health Professionals

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

Spring is a time of renewal. The cold winter months are on their way out, and we’re reminded that there is warmth and growth all around us.


February 2016

learning to let go

The Candy Cane Theory: Learning To Let Go Of Blame When “Seeing Red”

Jenni DeWitt, mom of pediatric cancer survivor

You want to be able to blame something for your child’s cancer. But sometimes, learning to let go of blame might actually be easier.

 

what I’ve learned

What I’ve Learned From My Patients

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

What I’ve learned from our patients at Children’s could fill a library. I’m constantly inspired by their courage, sense of  humor, and optimism. And we have many fun (and funny) moments.

 

inspiring moments

My Most Inspiring Moments

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

I have had countless inspiring moments in my 21 years as a Child Life Specialist. Every day, the kids at Children’s make me think, laugh, and even grow. Here are some of my favorite memories.


 

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