Saturday, April 2, 2011
The Letter B in the A to Z Challenge = Blood
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.