Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Logo for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Launches New Logos

New Logo as announced in the newsletter. Readers here know my passion for kids and adults with cancer and especially those blood cancers that are curable. This organization offers so many great resources, education, and assistance for those dealing with blood cancers, that I wanted to help spread the word about the new logo. Same great society, just a new look. Please consider supporting this great agency. You never know when someone you love may need just what they have to offer.
Here is the announcement directly taken from the newsletter I receive.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, is getting a fresh new look and feel in its 62nd year.

LLS has unveiled a new corporate logo, as well as new logos for all of its campaigns.

"Our new logo is the first step to increasing overall public awareness of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brand and to better align our campaigns with the master brand," said Nancy L. Klein, LLS Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer.

In addition to contemporizing and streamlining the corporate logo, LLS has changed all of its campaign logos to raise the LLS brand to greater prominence, and to give a more unified look to all of the campaigns. The blood drop icon in the logo has been refined to make it more recognizable. The new logos will be phased in over the year.
Visit today for more information on how you can help. Feel free to ask for information too if someone you know has a blood cancer.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Book Review: Second Chance- How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism and His Shelter Dog

Book Review: Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

Author: Sandra J. Gerencher

ISBN: 9780981461922

Pages: 28

Tribute Books- 2008

I had a chance to review Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog. The book was a heartfelt story of how the boy blossomed and the dog found a loving home. It depicts the influences having a pet can have on a child and does so in an honest and loving way.

Here is the synopsis provided by Tribute books:

Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog

by Sandra J. Gerencher

The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

I think the story would be difficult as a read alone book for those children under the age of 8 but it would be a treasure to read together with your child. Older children will find the story a good read and will long for a dog of their own, but some may miss the deep rooted message the author intended. All in all, a heartwarming honest and loving book about both animals and children who need to find a place called home. It will act as a spring board for discussions with children about adoption, special needs, and making one feel loved.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tips for Distracting Children in Pain

It can be very difficult to get an intravenous line in a screaming infant or a blood sample from a toddler in pain. It is especially hard when a preschool child has already encountered numerous tests and knows what happens next as a professional in scrubs comes close with a needle. What things work in distracting children from painful tests or general pain from an injury or illness?

Try these tips:

1. Explain in a simple way that the procedure must be done and describe the distraction that will be used, for example: " The nurse needs to do a special test. While she is doing that lets sing... hold your arm and lets make a song"  yada yada.... Use language that your child understands and an activity that is new or interesting to your child as well as age appropriate.

2. Play a favorite video or music on a portable player. Talk to the preschooler about what is playing and engage them in conversation while trying to keep their level of vision away from the procedure.

3. Have bright colored toys or movable rattles for toddlers and infants. Very small infants may suck on a pacifier dipped in "Sweet ease" which is a slightly sweetened water solution. This has been proven to be very soothing in combination with sucking on the pacifier.

4. Offering a stuffed animal to squeeze during the procedure also is a spring board for talking with the child. " What is your friends name?" or similar questions can distract the child during the event. Children become engrossed in talking about their favorite pets, stuffed animals, favorite vacation, or favorite cartoon. Know the age of the child and the level of understanding to be able to better relate in conversation.

5. Allow the staff to do the restraining if an infant or toddler must be held tight for the procedure. That keeps the child from associating the painful experience with the parent and most often the professionals can get it done quickly. You can then console the child after the event.

6. Moving lights, motion screens or mobiles, bubbles, music, and sometimes just plain silly actions can distract children fairly easily for short procedures. If a procedure is lengthy, consider asking your physician for pain relief or sedation to ease the event for your child.

7. Offer small rewards for success. Stickers, rocking, cuddling, or small healthy treats may be in store at the end of a painful procedure. Praise and gratitude also help toddlers and older children to learn to cope with repeated procedures.

There is nothing that will completely remove all pain that a child might endure during a lifetime, but these small tips may help to make the pain of a necessary procedure more tolerable. If any parent has other suggestions for tips that have helped their child, please leave a comment or email them to me so I can pass them along. Parents and nurses together can make many needed procedures less stressful if we work together.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Suggestions for Kids Whose Parents Have Cancer

As a parent we are the adults who protect our children and help them to battle when they become ill. Who helps a child protect and battle when the parent is the one seriously ill especially with a disease as frightening as cancer?

Here are a few books that address  this problem for kids whose parent may be dealing with cancer.

1. Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings
2. My Book about Cancer
                                 3. Becky and the Worry Cup
                                 4. Once Upon a Hopeful Night
5. The Paper Chain
6. Someone I Love is Sick
7 My Mommy Has Cancer

Here are just  few books to get you started with open discussions and conversations with your child. Discussions can be simple, age appropriate, and hopeful. The important thing is to remember that your child will sense something is different. His or her imagination may be more frightening than the truth, and the truth is always better from the parent. Read books together as a spring board to questions that your child may have and be afraid to ask. Contact your family physician or the American Cancer Society for more information on how to talk to your child about your cancer diagnosis.

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Help 911

Link to a good article on why and when to call 911. Basic information that may save a life.

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Help 911: "It is so important for everyone in your home to know how to dial 911. It is also important to know WHEN to call 911. Here is a clear explana..."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Hospital Critterz- The Prairie Pet by Author Stace...

Here is a great review of the book if you can't wait to have it posted here.

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Hospital Critterz- The Prairie Pet by Author Stace...: "The nurse in me loves this book, and the parent in me thinks this is a magical adventure that kids will love to read. Look for more about t..."

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Author Stacey Laura Lloyd Talks about Hospital Cri...

This is such a fun adventure story for kids with the protagonist as a hospitalized patient. More about this series to come but check out ths SFC blog for a preview.

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Author Stacey Laura Lloyd Talks about Hospital Cri...: "First, let me say how much I enjoyed speaking with author Stacey Laura Lloyd. She is fun, passionate, and full of excitement for her book Ho..."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Children Grieve, Dispell the Myths.

Author Jewel Sample has written a book for siblings titled Flying Hugs and Kisses. It is listed on the web page of Bonnerup Funeral& Cremation Services website. I am blessed to know Jewel, but the article offered on the site is even more important. It lists several myths about grief and children.

Many parents dismiss grief as real for kids. A myth exists that convinces parents that kids don't feel loss. Really....? Think again. Kids feel grief more deeper than they have the ability to express and the adults around them need to understand that.

How about should kids go to funerals or stay home? Arguments on either side of the fence can be found. However, in most cases, all you need to do is ask the child. All kids express grief in different ways and it is important to not force your feelings onto your child, nor attempt to sweep your child's feelings under the rug.

This article brilliantly points out that kids can "talk" about their feelings in art, music, playing, or writing and not always sitting down face to face to talk. Check the site for the entire article if you know a child who may be feeling a loss. Remember, that for a child the death of a goldfish maybe as painful to them as the death of a loved one. Loss of friendship, relationships, or pets can trigger the feelings of sadness and loss.

Be there for the children. They need the support of the adults around them when they experience a sense of loss.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Press Release : The Cancer Prayer Book

Finally I can talk about and start promoting Dreamwords Publishing and my book The Cancer Prayer Book.


February 4, 2011 (219) 384-8884


Chicago, IL—DreamWords Publishing, LLC, opens its doors with the announcement of two books: The Cancer Prayer Book by Terri Forehand, RN, and The Depression Prayer Book by Lynne Jordan, RN. Forehand and Jordan who are both nurses and writers believe in the mission of DreamWords Publishing, LLC, which is to offer readers “comfort and strength with challenging emotional, medical, and spiritual issues.”

In The Cancer Prayer Book, Forehand compassionately and creatively provides a way to connect with God in the wake of a poor diagnosis or illness. “It is my prayer that this book will help you find the comfort God offers, the wisdom you seek, and the peace you need to deal with the emotional and physical trials that have come your way.”

In The Depression Prayer Book, Jordan elegantly and eloquently offers prayers of healing and hope for
the body and the mind. Jordan began her career as a registered nurse and quickly realized that “humanity’s need for healing extended beyond the physical.” She believes that “strength can be accessed via prayer.”

Publisher, Mary Elizabeth, a former medical social worker, has always “wanted to start a business that combined my psychology and journalism degrees.” During her visits to bookstores and hospital gift shops, she discovered a need for prayer books that deal with specific medical and psychological issues.

The Cancer Prayer Book (ISBN: 978-1-4507-2599-6) and The Depression Prayer Book

(ISBN: 978-1-4507-2604-7) are currently available for order at

Other books in the series are available for pre-order. These include: The Abusive Relationship Prayer Book, The Addictions Prayer Book, The AIDS Prayer Book, The Anxiety Disorder Prayer Book, The Arthritis and Chronic Pain Disorder Prayer Book, The Autism Prayer Book, The Bi Polar Depression Prayer Book, The Childhood Cancer Prayer Book, The Diabetes Prayer Book, The Divorce Prayer Book, The Fibromyalgia Prayer Book, The Heart Disease Prayer Book, The Hypertension Prayer Book, The Lupus Prayer Book, The Multiple Sclerosis Prayer Book, The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Prayer Book, The Schizophrenia Prayer Book, and The Tourette Syndrome Prayer Book.


The Writing Mama: Interview Friday with SFC: Families Matter Blog Ed...

You can find out more about me and the prayer book I have coming soon at the blog of author and publisher, Virginia Grenier. Check it out for fun and for facts that I don't always share.

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