Sunday, January 4, 2009

An inspiring teen....

Winter can be such a fun season with snow ball fights, building snowmen, and sledding, skating, and snowmobiling. It is hard to imagine then, that a child or teen who is dealing with a serious illness may be hospitalized for 100 days or more in the effort to get well and not be outside to experience the season at all.

  • Ashley Runion is one of those teens who was diagnosed with Leukemia in June and has spent the greater part of summer, fall, and part of winter inside getting well. Ashley, who is an athlete, made it home for Christmas and her story can be read on her Caring Bridge site at

Her story is inspirational and encouraging for parents, kids, and teens who are dealing with the same diagnosis and or any kind of chemotherapy or treatment which is zapping the dickens out of them.

Caring bridge is a free site where patients can have a web page to update family and friends on progress and where visitors can leave messages of encouragement. Check that site out if you have a family member or friend who may benefit from creating a page or to connect to resources for diagnosis or treatments of many conditions. Caring bridge can be reached at

The site was brought to my attention from another writer, Keri Mikulski, who happens to also be a nurse as well as a published author. Her newest book is entitled Screwball. You can check out her site at


Carma's Window said...

Terri I just read Ashley's story. So touching and inspirational. Thanks for sharing that. Because of you many more people who need support will be able to find a loving hand.


Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Interesting post, Terri. I'll check out both those sites.

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