Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Letter B in the A to Z Challenge = Blood

The letter can represent babies, bottles, brooms, or bargains. But for many parents the letter B represents blood counts, blood transfusions, blood draws and needle sticks, and blood cancers. Blood cancers are one of the most common childhood cancers and can affect infants to adults of all ages and nationalities. Blood cancers also have a very high remission rate which is another B word... a Blessing. 

Blood cancers are not contagious and should not be confused with other blood diseases like hepatitis or HIV/AIDS that are blood borne pathogens which can be transmitted to others.

 An average of one student per 400 in every elementary school in the nation will be affected by a blood cancer before the age of 18.

The best resources I think come from the organizations who do the research and clinical trials for blood diseases and blood cancers. The American Cancer Society is a well know resource and can offer families support during an illness. My favorite resource for education, information, clinical trials, and fund raising opportunities is the Leukemia and Lymphoma organization. The amount of educational material available is astounding and the links and connections to the best cancer treatment centers around the country are connected to them in some way.

If you, your child, or someone you know is facing the challenge of being diagnosed, treated, or managed for a blood cancer please check out www.lls.org It is a hopeful and honest resource with reliable educational material available to anyone who seeks it. Sign up for their newsletter to receive wonderful and powerful stories of those who have been returned to health. Look for ways that you can volunteer in your community to support this organization. The research continues so that someday no one you know or love will ever have to deal with a disease starting with a B especially blood cancers.



4 comments:

Joanne said...

Very scary. As a Breast Cancer survivor I pray to God that My kids are spared this horrible desease. It's a robber of lives, comfort in everyday life and security. Blessings, Joanne

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for the info.

Margot Finke said...

Very informative and innovative B post, Terri.

You sure are going fot the gold, mate.

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terri.forehand said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. These are tough topics for readers who have not experienced illness, but I can tell you that parents who are dealing with these issues depend on these kind of resources.