Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
A recurring theme of this blog is that Healthy Survivors don't try to reinvent the wheel; they find out about and take advantage of available resources that can help. If you or someone you know is a parent of very young children and dealing with cancer, you need to know about a fabulous new resource:
A February 22nd NYTimes article by Pam Belluck invites readers to take a look at a huge, hidden problem in America: child caregivers. I hope you can find some time to read the article, watch the embedded video clips and then scroll through the readers' comments.
When I was in practice and had too many things to do at once, I'd resort to writing a "holding note" in a patients chart: "Patient seen and examined. Orders written. Full note to follow." Well, this is my holding note for my blog.
Family illness can be tough on kids, even when the adults -- the parent(s), teachers, coaches, aunts and uncles, family friends -- are doing everything right. If I were to put a magic microphone next to the children's inner voice, you might hear:
Yesterday I used a videoclip to jumpstart a discussion about responsibilities. When the grown son in the clip was only 3 years old, the father took what could have been an ugly scene and turned it into a moment rich with his expression of reassuring love for his son.
An essay worth reading -- "Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy" -- looks at the link between science and democracy. Dennis Overbye writes, "Science is not a monument of received Truth but something that people do to look for truth." I am pumping my fist in the air: Yessssss!"