Coping with pain and discomfort

Tips and advice for kids, from kids

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about tips for dealing with pain and discomfort from chronic illness and medical procedures.

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What tips do you have for coping with pain and discomfort?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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The role of friends and family during your treatment

You’ve probably heard the lyrics, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital talk about the important role their friends and families play in supporting them during treatment or living with chronic illness.

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What tips do you have for letting friends and family help you through illness?  Use the “reply” tool at the bottom of this post to share your advice with others!

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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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