When he’s feeling well, Joshua Forester is a funny 11-year-old who loves to read, write stories and ride his scooter. When migraines hit, they can sideline him for days. “Joshua started getting migraines at age 2,” his mom, Katy, said. “He would throw up and writhe on the floor in pain.” The migraines can affect […]
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My 2-year-old daughter Addilinn was diagnosed April 13 with neruoblastoma cancer. She has to go through surgery, chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, radiation and therapy (at the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders). On July 30, we got the surgery behind us. Dr. Aaron Garrison removed as much as the tumor as […]
Six-year-old Trent Sparks and his twin sister, Tessa, entered the world prematurely at 34 weeks. They spent a month in the Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. While Tessa met her developmental milestones, Trent fell behind. “We started working with the Medina County Help Me Grow program when Trent was 9 months old,” […]
Sometimes Candace Arick can’t believe how far her little girl has come — and how far she, too, has come after dealing with a very sick child. Born 3 years ago, Norah was diagnosed with a meconium cyst that led to ruptured intestines in utero. She was rushed to Akron Children’s Hospital for her first […]
Returning to school each fall is a time of both excitement and nervousness for parents and students. For parents who have a child with special needs, this time of year can bring increased anxiety and stress. We worry about all the same things most parents worry about like how will my child do in school? […]
Teens and young adults in treatment for cancer at Akron Children’s are now able to feel more at home in custom-designed patient rooms created just for them. The Adolescent and Young Adult wing at the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders features 6 renovated rooms for patients ages 13 to 23. The […]