Keeping up with medications

Advice for kids, from kids

Living with a chronic illness often means taking medication…sometimes, a lot of medication.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about their experiences keeping up with complicated medicine regimens, and some of the tips they’ve used to stay on top of taking meds.

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What tips do you have for kids and teens on keeping up with medications and treatment regimens?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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Adjusting to the reality of your diagnosis

Coming to terms with the realities of chronic illness or a new medical diagnosis can be difficult.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about what worked for them to “keep it real” while adjusting to their diagnosis and treatment.

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What tips do you have for kids and teens on how to adjust to a new diagnosis or changes in your treatment plan?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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Keeping up with school during medical treatment

Going to school while living with a chronic illness, or while going through medical treatment, can be very tough for kids.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about their experiences keeping up with school, and share tips for coping with missing some of the experiences that other kids are having during the school day.

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What tips do you have for kids and teens missing school due to chronic illness or medical treatment?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your experiences.

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Family travels from Rome to Ann Arbor to save their daughter’s life

fetal cardiac intervention Ryan and Ellen Reedy had some challenges getting pregnant with their first child, so when they discovered in February 2013 that they were expecting, they were over the moon with joy. The two originally met in college.  After getting married, they moved outside of Rome, Italy, where Ryan serves as the Vice Director of their alma mater’s Rome Program. They planned to have their baby in Italy, a place they love.

Their plans took a dramatic turn in late June when a routine ultrasound found a spot on their baby’s heart. The doctor told them not to worry, it was probably just a calcification that would go away. Shortly after that, they had further ultrasounds and a fetal echocardiogram. This time the news was not good.

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14-year old raises money and awareness for cerebral palsy

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Hunter Gandee refuses to let his brother, who has cerebral palsy, miss out on anything – even if it means carrying him to the top of a mountain.

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Gandee is headed to the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association State Championships on Friday, but that’s not the most remarkable thing this driven eighth grader has done this week. Hunter spearheaded an effort with his Bedford Junior High School Student Council to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy.

Hunter’s 7-year-old brother, Braden, is his inspiration. “Braden has cerebral palsy. He’s just a wonderful kid,” says Hunter. “He’s always energetic and positive. He’s a great person to be around. He puts everyone around him in a better mood. He loves to wrestle, play outside, hang out with his friends and play video games.”

Hunter and his fellow Student Council members sold green wristbands that said “CP Awareness” on them. Together, they raised nearly $200 and more importantly, they raised awareness about CP. The money will be donated to the University of Michigan Cerebral Palsy Research Program.

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Tips for teens on taking responsibility for your own healthcare

Many kids struggle with the realities of becoming an adult and needing to “own” your own healthcare, but for teens and young adults with chronic medical conditions, the responsibilities can be even greater.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, a group of our teen advisors from Mott Children’s Hospital share their tips for teens and young adults on how to take an active role in your healthcare as you prepare to take full responsibility as an adult.

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What advice do you have for teens starting to take responsibility for their healthcare?  Use the comments tool at the bottom of this post to share your tips.

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