Like most teenagers, Serenity Smolen is constantly learning, exploring and discovering what she does and doesn’t like. Some of the time, she encounters a learning curve. When it comes to conquering new undertakings, Serenity, 13, is a pro. It’s something she’s done all her life. Serenity, who was born with congenital limb differences that affect […]
Medical professionals routinely take their patients’ medical histories when providing care. Now a grant-funded project at Akron Children’s Hospital is taking that idea a step further to encourage use of literature and personal stories to promote resiliency for patients and providers. “Taking Our Histories: Providing Hope Through the Humanities” is a yearlong project that includes narrative medicine workshops for health care professionals at Akron Children’s, as […]
After 6 months of hospital stays and health challenges, Ella Heyworth needed all the help she could get. “This all has been really crazy,” said the 17 year old from Ashland, who has been diagnosed with Type 3 hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and vasovagal syncope. But Ella has found hope through […]
Melissa Krager wasn’t a runner in 2011 when she accepted her sister-in-law’s invitation to run a 5k race. When she crossed the finish line, she realized she wasn’t done. Her running journey had just begun. “I’d never run before and went into that 5k thinking if she could do it, I could do it, why not […]
He sings, he paints, he writes…Carson Lenington-Stewart takes in just about everything there is to do at our Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center. The 10-year-old cancer survivor, who spent many days and nights in the hospital over the past 18 months, is such a regular at the therapy space that writing teacher Nicki Robinson […]
Our patients are superheroes. We make sure they recognize their superpowers even more when they’re here. During their hospital stays, several kids recently brushed up on their skills at Superhero Training Camp at the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.