Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Fantastic Source for Diseases and Treatments for the Pediatric Population

I am always on the look out for reliable resources for parents who have a child recently diagnosed with a serious illness. A diagnosis of cancer or other equally serious illness renders a parent virtually helpless and at a loss for information.

Children's Medical Center in Texas is a leading hospital for children aged newborn to 18 years old. The website for the medical center is full of great information. There is a health library on the site where parents can look up any disease they need information on and here they will find reliable and accurate facts, treatments, and clinical trial resources to discuss with their personal physician.

The intranet is a valuable and quick way to compare information and it is most important to be sure your sources are reliable. This site is one to check out at and

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Do You Like to Write.......

Sometimes parents and teens dealing with a serious illness have more to say than the average person who wants to write. They cut to the chase and can put into words all their feelings, their pain, and their hopes.

If you are dreaming of becoming a writer I have the club for you. This club is mentored by published author Suzanne Lieurance. Just google her name and you will find several pages of her accomplishments and a list of her expertise.

The Children's Writers' Coaching Club is for all people interested in writing. Publishing will come, but the club gives you tips, critiques, and fellowship with other writers who love to write. You will be able to hone your writing skills and to improve on what you already know.

So no matter what your background is, if you love to write, this is the place to start. The fee is only 27.00 per month and you get so much for your money. There are weekly teleclasses, group critiques, and weekly assignments geared towards improving your writing.

Join the club this month for a free CD on writing biographies for children. Just go to the right side of the blog and look for the icon for Children's Writers' Coaching Club and it will take you right to the site.

If you want to improve on your writing, I promise you that Suzanne is the best. If you want to get published, she will point you in the right direction. And if you just want to write, that's okay too. Join today to meet new writers with the same goals.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My new website....more interactive for the kids.....

  1. Check out my new has some of the same information as my blog but more interactive for the kids.....
There is a page where kids can actually make comments to other kids...things like what it is like to loose your hair, or what you wish others knew about being sick.. Click on Kids words and then some and the page comes up. Then just click on comment and write away.
The articles are more for kids to read... the newest one is how to get on the right foot with the new school year.
And there is a mailing list to sign up for. Soon there will be free e-books for both parents and kids. And there will be a web store also
Kids...leave me comments about what you would like the store to have in it... Do you want cards to send to other kids? Journals? T-shirts? Note cards? Hats?
You name it and I will find a way to put it in the web store.
Also, if there is a topic or question about a health issue you would like the answer to, I will find the answer for you. So......
Check out the site and let me know what you think. Parents and kids allowed.
Hope to hear from you soon so we can keep in touch.

Candle Sales to benefit Leukemia Society

Not many of you know that I am a distributor for Mia Bella soy candles. While most people make tons of money selling items, I myself am not a salesperson so I don't let others know that I even can sell these great candles. I keep my membership so that I can get the candles monthly for myself and never worry about if I have sold to others on the website.

However, I am reaching out of my comfort zone to let others know about my candle website for one reason.... my passion for kids with leukemia.

I will give 25 percent of whatever money is made from candle sales for the months of August, September, and October from sales on the website and I will be sending it t0 The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma society does so much with their funds... it goes for research, directly to programs that help kids with the diseases, and to help defray treatment costs for children who are in need. You can visit to see more and to read stories about kids doing well with their treatment.

So, it is another way for me to reach out and maybe make a difference. If you visit the site and feel compelled to purchase a great smelling candle, it will be appreciated and go to a good cause.

Visit to order online. They will keep a record of sales and I will let you know what our donation is at the end of October. Look at the site for the candle icon at the top to sign up for the free candle drawing the company sponsors too. Maybe you will be a lucky winner.

Blessings to all.

PS. I have a new opt in box to join my mailing list. We have had a few kinks in it but I am getting the correct email addresses, it is just slow to get the messages out to you. When you sign up there should follow a three article Welcome greeting on dealing with kids and illnesses. Look for it in your email soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Milk shake recipe for cancer patients

A writer and friend of mine has graciously offered this milk shake recipe for patients who need extra calories and have a poor appetite. I think it sounds tasty, however the caffiene content may not be wise for younger children. As always, check with your family doctor before adding any new items to your diet especially while going through cancer treatments.

High Protein/High Calorie Shake Recipe

Mix in a bowl with a whisk (to decrease lumps):

2 scoops of vanilla Mus-L-Blast Body Building Formula
This product can be found at stores like Savon, and GNC. it is packaged in a large 52oz can.
1 can of Ensure Plus, Boost Plus OR Prosure
Prosure is not available in stores. It may be purchased on-line at:
It is formulated for cancer patients to help build muscle, promote weight gain, and increase strength.


1-2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
¼ cup decaffeinated espresso or rich, dark coffee

Place in a blender with:

½ cup coffee ice cream
Use Starbuck’s, Haagen-Daz’s, Double Rainbow or other high calorie ice cream. One half cup of these contains 250 calories.

Blend until smooth. Store refrigerated and shake before use.

I make 2 shakes at a time in the blender, three times (a total of 6 shakes) and store in the refrigerator to make it easier for me.

Experiment with amounts of coffee and chocolate sauce and types of ice cream. Starbuck’s makes coffee/Carmel, coffee/chocolate chip and coffee/mud pie ice creams.

My friend who started making these shakes says that the coffee/chocolate flavor is the best to cover the unpleasant taste of the ensure/prosure and protein powder. If you do not care for the mocha flavor you might try Strawberry Boost Plus with strawberry jam and ice cream OR vanilla Ensure with peach jam or sauce and peach ice cream. Be creative to adjust to your taste.
Thanks to Theresa Schultz for the recipe. Check out her blog at
Let me know how it tastes.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hugs ... anyone need one today?

Sometimes we just need a hug. It would be nice if it came from Mickey himself, but alas, that is not always possible.

But we can play Mickey and give out the hugs when someone least expects it.

The hug doesn't have to be a physical hug. It can come in the form of a hand written note, a flower, a card, a favorite sweet treat, or a phone call or email.

Each person you know and some you don't know are going through something. Maybe their first born has gone off to college for the first time. How about an elder from the church who doesn't get many visitors or letters in the mail. Then there are your casual friends at work, or maybe a teenager you know who could use a lift or some words of encouragement before starting the new school year. Do you know anyone going through a health crisis, big or small?

The list is endless when it comes to finding someone who may need a hug. The problem is we are busy, we have our own needs, we have our own issues, and we become so wrapped up in our life that we don't look around at who we may be able to touch with a simple and kind hug of sorts.

I challenge the readers here to look for one person you can encourage or send a note to, someone you can give a kind word to or even a smile. It will open you up for so many blessings to come your way if you take just one quick moment to bless someone else with just a sweet hug.

Pretend you are Mickey Mouse and it is your job if you have to, but do it. You will feel better for it, I promise.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shave your head for the cause

This is a site you just have to visit. Go to to find out what this organization does for children with cancer.

They shave heads for the cause. They raise money for cancer research and they hold all kinds of fun events to raise the funds needed for these kids so they get the treatment they deserve.

Visit the site and click on THE KIDS to view personal stories about children with cancer, both those who are fighting, those who have won the battle, and sadly, those who have passed away.

This site is full of information and ways that you can help if you want to get more involved. Be ready to laugh, to cry, and to pray for the kids you read about. The site makes cancer real for those readers who have no experience with children who fight this nasty disease.

Visit the site and let me know what you think.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New blog for kids

This picture is from a great new blog site for kids by the author of Flying Hugs and Kisses , Jewel Samples.
She writes for kids and now has a site where they can explore and be safe, learn and enjoy without being preached at, and all around stretch their minds while having fun.
I love sites like these because even if your child is ill and confined to a hospital bed or inside for a length of time, they can still stay connected to their peers with the computer and great sites like this one.
This site has information and news that will interest kids of all ages. Check it out and let me know what you think. More important, leave a comment for the author so she knows what you think. The site address is
Thanks, Jewel, for an exciting and stimulating site for kids.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Death of a frog...and other truths

My granddaughter called me today to tell me her momma frog died. She has this little family of toads actually, who live by her basement window. She follows them closely and frequently calls me or shows me the little family and their recent activity.

So, to make a long story short, she is five and I tried to make light of the event and told her that maybe the momma just hopped away to visit some other frogs. This is what she told me......

" No, mamaw, her head is flat and her legs are stretched out and her belly is sucked in and she isn't moving. She is dead for real."

So the point of this story is this. Kids know more than we give them credit for. If your child is dealing with a serious illness, he or she knows more than you realize... for real.

Parents need to be honest when dealing with a child who is going through a tough time. Language should be age appropriate and the truth should be given in small doses but the key here is for what is said to be the truth...

If something is going to hurt...say it may hurt but you will be there with them.

If a medicine will taste terrible...say it will taste terrible but you will give them a sweet treat afterwards.

If your child asks tough questions about his or her illness... take it one step at a time, be age appropriate, but be honest and simply say you don't have all of the answers.

Never force your child into feeling like he or she has to protect you and your feelings, because kids are so smart and they know much more than we are ready for them to know, for real.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Brillante Weblog Premio- 2008 Award

I am excited to display this Brillante Weblog premio award for 2008 given to me by children's author and illustrator Dawn Phillips for this blog. Visit her blog at to see her work.

We have been in the Working writers coaching club for several months together. Suzanne Lieurance is our writing coach and has helped each of us grow into better writers so this award for my blog is very special. This encouragement from such a talented writer and illustrator touches my heart and will help to keep me focused on writing more of what the readers of this blog need.

I thank you from my heart. In turn I would like to pass this award on to other who have encouraged me as well as other writers. Please visit their blogs and leave a comment about the work you see. There are truly talented writers out there who need to be heard and have great wisdom to share.

Dorothy Massey

Lisa Kirby

Carma Dutra

Judy Ferril

Theresa Schultz

Dorit Sasson

Jewel Samples

Here are the rules for the next recipients of the Brillante Weblog Premio 2008 Award, established in 2005:

1. The award may be displayed on a winner's blog.
2. Add a link to the person who you received the award from.
3. Nominate up to seven other blogs.
4. Then add their links to your blog.
5. Add a message to each person that you have passed the award on to in the comments section of their blog.

Again, thank you and please keep reading. Enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2008

School Health for Kids

Kids of all ages will be going back to school soon and because of the privacy laws in each state, teachers and school personnel may not always be aware of a student who has faced an illness of consequence over the summer.

I am talking about an illness which would leave that student with a compromised immune system. An illness like cancer, leukemia, certain anemia's, sickle cell disease, or diabetes for example.

If the student is your child, consider being honest with school personnel about the state of your child's health.The more the staff at the school know, the better they can protect your child.

Parents of other children who have never faced the fight of a compromising illness need to keep in mind a few tips.

  • Keep your child home if he or she has a fever, and keep them home until they have been fever free for 24 hours.
  • Fever indicates a virus or bacterial illness is brewing. Attending school with a fever exposes anyone else to the unknown bug especially those kids you are not aware of who have an immune deficient illness.
  • Keep your child home if he or she is vomiting. The rules apply to vomiting as to a is a sign of a virus. Avoid exposing others to the same bug.

For more tips on how to keep your child well or how to keep from exposing other children to your child's newest bug, visit or where I will post other articles on these subjects.

Arm yourself with as much information as possible when dealing with your school age children to keep them healthy and to keep the children they come into contact with healthy as well.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

New Information on Breast Cancer

I am a
firm believer in educating yourself on health issues. I also believe there is an abundance of excellent resources out there for you to make wise decisions regarding your health.

  • Here are two websites to go to for the newest and best information on inflammatory breast cancer.
  • Signs and symptoms can be deceiving and at these two websites you can find current information on both signs and symptoms and how to follow up with your physician.
  • I believe in self breast exams as one way to detect an abnormality. It does not take the place of a mammogram and a physical from your physician.
  • Breast cancer does hit all ages and be aware, it also can occur in male breast tissue.

Please visit these sites for more information and to educate yourselves about good breast health. And use this information to educate your teenage girls about good breast health. It is important and may be life saving. Do it for yourself and do it for the girls and the women in your life whom you love and adore.