Perfect is Boring: Kids See Scars as Ultimate Show and Tell

Makeup, long sleeves, hats. Grown-ups are often as creative as they are determined in their pursuit of hiding what they perceive as imperfections.

But when was the last time you saw a child trying to hide a scar?

For kids who have battled illness or injury, scars are badges of honor, signs of survival, fodder for the ultimate round of show and tell at school.

This summer, we asked our patients—and for the littlest ones, their parents—to tell us about their scars in their own words. Their answers were as unique as their journeys, from comical (“I wrestled a shark—and won!”) to profound (“Without my scars, there would be no me.”) We worked with photographer Kate T. Parker to showcase our brave patients and their hard-earned scars.

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  • This is Sickle Cell: 10 Kids Count The Cost of Living With Sickle Cell

    isaiah

    Whether it’s dunk tanks, dance-offs, shopping sprees or sleepovers, kids facing sickle cell disease miss out on a lot of ‘kid things’ during their childhood. But since there are few outward, visible signs of the condition, often, children with sickle cell disease suffer in silence.

    Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that affects hemoglobin in red blood cells. In a child with sickle cell disease, red blood cells are hard, sticky and shaped like a crescent.

    Kids living with sickle cell disease can experience attacks of pain, infection and stroke.

    By showcasing what our kiddos are missing out on, we’re making sure the world doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to make a difference in their fight.

    Join the #ThisIsSickleCell discussion on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Perfect is Boring: Kids See Scars as Ultimate Show and Tell

    nour

    Makeup, long sleeves, hats. Grown-ups are often as creative as they are determined in their pursuit of hiding what they perceive as imperfections.

    But when was the last time you saw a child trying to hide a scar?

    For kids who have battled illness or injury, scars are badges of honor, signs of survival, fodder for the ultimate round of show and tell at school.

    This summer, we asked our patients—and for the littlest ones, their parents—to tell us about their scars in their own words. Their answers were as unique as their journeys, from comical (“I wrestled a shark—and won!”) to profound (“Without my scars, there would be no me.”) We worked with photographer Kate T. Parker to showcase our brave patients and their hard-earned scars.

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  • How to Protect Your Family When Sharing Your Medical Journey Online

    Team Esme Watermarked

    Esme, our 10-year-old daughter, had a deep bruise on her arm that just wouldn’t heal. As a practicing emergency medicine physician, I knew it was something that needed to be seen. And fast.

    Tests confirmed what my instincts already knew to be true: Esme had an aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

    We quickly learned what a powerful tool social media can be for families dealing with a challenging medical diagnosis.

    Unfortunately, our family also learned that it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed if your information falls into the wrong hands.

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  • How to Protect Your Family When Sharing Your Medical Journey Online

    Team Esme Watermarked

    Esme, our 10-year-old daughter, had a deep bruise on her arm that just wouldn’t heal. As a practicing emergency medicine physician, I knew it was something that needed to be seen. And fast.

    Tests confirmed what my instincts already knew to be true: Esme had an aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

    We quickly learned what a powerful tool social media can be for families dealing with a challenging medical diagnosis.

    Unfortunately, our family also learned that it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed if your information falls into the wrong hands.

    Read more...
  • Before and After: Photo Series Shows Kids Thriving Thanks to Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplants

    heart transplant patient before and after on bench

    Through this photo series, we set out to show the profound impact organ transplants have on their recipients. Before becoming the energetic, athletic and funny kids they are today, the children in these photos received hearts, livers and kidneys from living and deceased donors, with two of them undergoing transplantation well before their first birthdays. The framed photos show each recipient in the days and weeks leading up to their surgery date.

    For these kids, a second chance paved the way to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the soccer fields and classrooms where they belong.

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  • Before and After: Photo Series Shows Kids Thriving Thanks to Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplants

    heart transplant patient before and after on bench

    Through this photo series, we set out to show the profound impact organ transplants have on their recipients. Before becoming the energetic, athletic and funny kids they are today, the children in these photos received hearts, livers and kidneys from living and deceased donors, with two of them undergoing transplantation well before their first birthdays. The framed photos show each recipient in the days and weeks leading up to their surgery date.

    For these kids, a second chance paved the way to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the soccer fields and classrooms where they belong.

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  • 269 Seconds: Teacher Uses AED to Save Teen in Cardiac Arrest

    I am not a medical professional. I am a teacher. But on a fateful night in a school gym, I learned that one’s title does not affect one’s ability to help save a life. With three daughters who love volleyball and play year-round, I have attended more matches than I can count. There are things you ...

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  • 269 Seconds: Teacher Uses AED to Save Teen in Cardiac Arrest

    I am not a medical professional. I am a teacher. But on a fateful night in a school gym, I learned that one’s title does not affect one’s ability to help save a life. With three daughters who love volleyball and play year-round, I have attended more matches than I can count. There are things you ...

    Read more...
  • What I Wish I Knew During My First Holidays as an Autism Parent

    Festive attire, old recipes, family gatherings, thoughtful gifts, sparkly decorations. The traditions that help make the holidays such a special time of year can create angst for families of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This year, two moms of patients

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  • What I Wish I Knew During My First Holidays as an Autism Parent

    Festive attire, old recipes, family gatherings, thoughtful gifts, sparkly decorations. The traditions that help make the holidays such a special time of year can create angst for families of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This year, two moms of patients

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