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After dismissing “claims” from other people about serious food allergies, we found out our daughter, Vivian, has a food allergy; she’s allergic to peanuts. How could that possibly be? No one in our immediate or extended families had ever been allergic to anything.
Growing up, we attended schools and camps where it was rare for a child not to have a PB&J in their lunch sack. How could all these children suddenly be deathly allergic to the same food we considered as American as apple pie?
Initially, Vivian’s reactions were fairly mild. After an accidental...
Images courtesy of Satoshi Enoue
Our beloved son, Leo, just turned 10 a few months ago. He’s a happy child who always has a big smile for everyone. No wonder he is pretty popular among neighborhood kids and his schoolmates!
My wife and I are always in awe of Leo’s determination and how he faces each and every adversity with a smile. He has always been our superhero! Leo can’t walk, talk or even eat on his own, even though he was able to do all of that just about eight years ago.
Leo was a healthy baby who met all his developmental milestones until suddenly, at 2 years old, he became...
Paul Kuntz, Texas Children's Hospital
I’m Shelly, a pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant at Texas Children’s. For the parents reading, we need to chat about an easily transmitted infection posing a serious threat to our teenagers and young adults today – human papillomavirus (HPV). I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but this particular conversation must continue until misinformation is tackled and all of our children are adequately protected.
I understand some would rather avoid...
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Ana Lopez, patient
When I was 17 years old and preparing to start my senior year of high school, I was excited for all it had to offer – football games, homecoming, prom and graduation. Instead, I was blindsided by a diagnosis for stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
I found myself suddenly fighting for my life, as if time stopped. I couldn’t understand why it was all happening, but it didn’t matter because I was already facing challenges I wasn’t prepared for. Everything happened so quickly from one day to the next, and I was getting ready...
Recently, we’ve been hearing lots of discussion in the media about traumatic childhood experiences, and rightfully so. Just a few months ago, an armed student at Santa Fe High School fatally shot 10 people and injured 13 others – right in our own backyard. This will be a community in need for many years, and many of the surviving students will need trauma- and grief-informed intervention as they move forward with their lives.
To put it simply, Adverse Childhood Experiences (...