About this blog

My son, Justin, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on January 17, 2016. I have mostly muddled through parenting a childhood cancer patient. However, I would like to think I have learned a thing or two along the way, and am happy to share tips with other parents in the struggle.

Blogs written by Katie

  • Patient Name: Justin
  • Cancer Type: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Age when diagnosed: 5

Focusing on positive thoughts
“Mom, it hurts and I just want to die!”
My youngest son, Justin, was in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but it wasn’t he exclaiming this while holding his chest and complaining of a stomach ache. It was my middle son, Michael, whom I rushed to ...

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Let’s be honest, needles hurt!
During the course of treatment, there were many sources of pain caused by the cancer itself or side effects of chemotherapy. Most of this pain could be managed well with medicine. However, regular needle sticks and IV placements are just a fact of cancer treatment ...

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