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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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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Heart transplant recovery brings deeper commitment

Bonnie Davis shares couple's story

Ralph Davis

Ralph Davis swam competitively again a year after his heart transplant.

In yesterday’s post we highlighted Bonnie Davis’ commitment to the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center, which she became involved in after her husband Ralph’s heart transplant recovery. Today we feature Bonnie and Ralph’s full story, as told by Bonnie.

Bonnie and Ralph’s story

My husband Ralph and I share the same story. He remembers very little of it, while I remember everything. The memories are vivid because of the intensity of emotion attached to it.

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Cardiac rehab program exceeds expectations

Patient Bob Stephens: "They really cared about my well being"

Bob Stephens

“I can’t give the program a high enough rating,” says patient Bob Stephens of the U-M Preventive Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Domino’s Farms.

Bob Stephens thought he knew what he was in for when he began the Preventive Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Domino’s Farms, part of the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center. After all, he was no stranger to rehab, having suffered a heart attack years before the stroke he endured in 2012. But the 69-year-old grandfather of five found a completely different kind of rehab facility when he became involved with the U-M program.

“It was a wonderful experience,” he says, noting that his prior rehab facility didn’t come close to the University of Michigan’s program. “The staff at U-M really cared about me — about my well-being. The equipment was taken care of and I was monitored all the time when using it. I can’t give the program a high enough rating,” Bob says.

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