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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.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
NANCI A. SULLIVAN has 24 years experience as a practitioner, researcher, and administrator in education and special education.
Table of Contents
Preface by Dr. Nettie Bartel
Prologue and Acknowledgments
When Childhood Leukemia Strikes
What a Positive Experience! Franks Story
Why Am I Here? Patricia's Story
Giving My All: Elaine's Story
Me and My Shadow: Timothy's Story
What Makes the Difference? Matthew's Story
A Family Affair: Lynn's Story
Keep Your Head Up and Smile: Ruth's Story
One of Life's Lessons: Joseph's Story
Live in the Today and Dream of Tomorrow: Karen's Story
Physiological, Psychological, and Social Side Effects: Solving Some Problems and Creating New Ones
Childhood Leukemia and School
Looking Ahead to a Brighter Future
Recommendations for Improved Educational and Psychosocial Outcomes
Coping with Death and Dying
Appendices: Bibliotherapy, Resources, Understanding Blood Tests, Medical Glossary, References