Walking with a Shadow: Surviving Childhood Leukemia

Overview

Childhood cancer, particularly leukemia, is on the rise. Leukemia strikes one child in every 25,000, and most often does so between the ages of 3 and 7. Annually, more than 2,700 children are diagnosed with leukemia in the United States. Due to advances in biotechnology and medicine, survival rates for this once-deadly disease now stand at 80%. But the psychological effects of diagnosis, removal from school, treatment, and remission or cure, linger. Here nine long-term survivors of childhood leukemia share their ...

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Overview

Childhood cancer, particularly leukemia, is on the rise. Leukemia strikes one child in every 25,000, and most often does so between the ages of 3 and 7. Annually, more than 2,700 children are diagnosed with leukemia in the United States. Due to advances in biotechnology and medicine, survival rates for this once-deadly disease now stand at 80%. But the psychological effects of diagnosis, removal from school, treatment, and remission or cure, linger. Here nine long-term survivors of childhood leukemia share their vivid memories and give us insight into the physiological changes, psychosocial and educational difficulties that became a constant shadow in their lives. Author Nanci Sullivan provides recommendations for ways teachers, counselors and other professionals may better help young students with leukemia cope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275958145
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCI A. SULLIVAN has 24 years experience as a practitioner, researcher, and administrator in education and special education.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 When childhood leukemia strikes 3
Ch. 2 What a positive experience! : Frank's story 27
Ch. 3 Why am I here? : Patricia's story 37
Ch. 4 Giving my all! : Elaine's story 51
Ch. 5 Me and my shadow : Timothy's story 67
Ch. 6 What makes the difference? : Matthew's story 83
Ch. 7 A family affair : Lynn's story 97
Ch. 8 Keep your head up and smile! : Ruth's story 111
Ch. 9 One of life's lessons : Joseph's story 127
Ch. 10 Live in the today and dream of tomorrow : Karen's story 137
Ch. 11 Physiological, psychological, and social side effects : solving some problems and creating new ones 149
Ch. 12 Childhood leukemia and school 165
Ch. 13 Recommendations for improved educational and psychosocial outcomes 181
Ch. 14 When a child dies 205
App Understanding blood tests 257
App Useful resources on pediatric cancer 261
App Resource listing bone marrow/stem cell transplant 267
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