From the outside looking in, Joanna appeared like any other little girl – energetic and full of life! Sure, she and her twin were born prematurely at 27 weeks, but she was just fine otherwise.
"She weighed 1/2 pound when she was born," Jose recalled about his daughter. "She could fit in the palm of my hand."
Joanna was a healthy kid who hit all of her milestones, that is until she turned 2. Everything changed for Jose's family when Joanna began to show flu-like symptoms. She'd contracted the H1N1 virus and was being treated at a hospital in the family's hometown of Mission, Texas.
At first the doctors could not figure...
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Our canine friends are a great source of joy and companionship the majority of the time. In fact, dogs are one of the most common domesticated animals with more than 58 million families reporting they own a dog. Our species have bonded since the early ages and we developed a loving relationship with our furry friends.
Even if your family doesn’t own a dog, your child will likely have some type of interaction with dogs. The assimilation of canines into more than half of U.S. households also creates opportunities for dog bite...
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What is adolescent macromastia?
Adolescent macromastia is the continuous overgrowth of breast tissue that begins and continues throughout puberty. Although there are several theories as to what causes this condition, there is insufficient data to identify a singular cause.
What are the signs and symptoms of macromastia?
Physical signs and symptoms of macromastia include:
- Shoulder grooving from bra straps
- Pain in the shoulders, neck and back
What is auricular (ear) deformation?
When infants are born with an irregular ear shape, they are said to have congenital auricular deformity. This can range from auricular malformation (no missing tissue, just an abnormally shaped ear) to microtia (external ears are not fully developed).
Auricular malformation can range from shape abnormalities where the top rim of the ear (helical rim) is either folded over, wrinkled or tight -- such as lop, cup or prominent ears.
The causes are not fully defined, but some possible factors include constriction of blood supply to the baby’s ear during fetal development,...
So many variables went into such the life-changing, definitively "you have cancer," day when we shaved our daughter’s head.
My daughter was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma on Jan. 28, 2019. Things happen very quickly when you get a cancer diagnosis. First, there’s the shock of hearing cancer, meeting with the oncology team to learn the specifics of the cancer, more scans, port placement surgery, and then the first chemo. All of this happened within seven days. Then, eventually, one of the many realities of chemo crept into our daughter’s life: hair loss.
How do you tell a little girl she’s going to lose all her glossy, dark...