Does Cancer Cancel School?

Gotta love how kids keep things light. Ten-year-old Joey asked me the other day, “If you have cancer, do I have to go to school?” “Yes,” I told him. He continued: “If you have a really big surgery, do I have to go to school?” “Yes,” I told him. This went on for a few more questions, and, now, I think he knows that he’ll pretty much report to school regardless of my health status. Good try, though!

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‘You Are the Best Medicine’ Book Giveaway

You probably know Julie Aigner Clark best as the mom who launched the wildly-popular Baby Einstein empire. I know her voice was ever-present in my house during those early years with baby Joey. He was not a very happy and content boy, but Baby Mozart and Baby Bach helped infuse our crankiest days with a little joy. We liked Baby Santa’s Music Box, too, and even though Joey is now 9 years old, and his brother is 7, that Christmas DVD is still in our media cabinet. Yea, a good Spring Fall clean is in order. Julie has accomplished more than just engaging little ones, though. She has partnered with John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted” to create The Safe Side (all about kid safety), and there’s also Memory Lane (for people with ...

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Cancer Survivor Rebecca Needs Your Vote!

My new two-time-cancer-surviving friend Rebecca needs your vote. You see, she is trying to get a charity called Hair 4 You off the ground. It’s a great one, and the goal is that it will provide free wigs for kids and teens with medical hair loss. In order to make it all happen, though, Hair 4 You needs to become an official non-profit 501(3)c, which means Rebecca needs some funds. No, she doesn’t want your money, just your vote (voting is absolutely free and requires only an email address and password). So, can you pretty please stop by the Pepsi Refresh Challenge website and cast your vote for this 24-year-old, who would really love to win a $25,000 prize. Imagine what she could do to brighten the worlds of young people who just want to feel normal....

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Charting My Survival, One Kid at a Time

All I have to do to chart my progress post-cancer is to look at these kiddos. The one on the far left is Danny. He was 18 months old when I was diagnosed. He’ll be 7 in May. Next to him is cousin Jordan,  a brand new baby at the time (and now 5), she sat with my mom at all of my chemo infusions. Jordan’s sister Tori, almost 3, was not even a thought when breast cancer consumed our lives. And Joey, almost 4 all those years ago, is now a big ‘ol 9-year-old. What did I count this Easter, besides the 125 eggs I hid in our yard? My blessings. Here are four of them!

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