Florence Montecalvo came to terms with her gender identity after she was diagnosed with bone cancer in 7th grade. She underwent 18 rounds of chemotherapy and had 3 ribs removed. She identified as a gay man at that time, and after cancer came to realize she was not comfortable being a male. “The cancer for […]
In the year since Akron Children’s Hospital made its first formal connection with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other sexualities (LGBTQ+) community by participating in the 2018 Akron Pride Festival, a lot has happened. In June, Akron Children’s launched the Center for Gender-Affirming Medicine to help transgender and LGBTQ+ kids. The center includes […]
I’ve been a girl transported by an ambulance 5 times due to an eating disorder. During my freshman year of high school (2016), I developed an a eating disorder called Female Athlete Triad, which caused me lose 35 pounds, my hair and my period for over a year. Only eating 700 calories a day, I […]
*Editor’s Note: Akron Children’s Hospital is now seeing patients in its new Center for Gender Affirming Medicine. When children, teens and young adults question their sexual orientation or gender identity, they look for answers. Resolving their uncertainty and concerns around identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) can cause a lot of confusion and […]
Developed to help adults quit smoking, Juuls and other e-cigarettes are finding an audience in teens who are experimenting with nicotine for the first time. In this Children’s Channel video, Crystal Cole, MD, an adolescent medicine specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital, shares the impact these devices may be having on young adults.
Congratulations to Teresa Fletcher, lead advanced practice provider (APP) in adolescent medicine, for being named the 2018 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Teresa was described by her nominator, Jill Smith, RN, another lead APP, as one of the most dedicated […]