While every diagnosis of a medical condition can be life-altering, there are few diagnoses that bring the shock and potential feelings of doom as a diagnosis of cancer. Everyone knows someone who has cancer, has survived cancer, or has been lost to cancer.  Screening and prevention Fortunately, cancer screening is getting more and more effective … Continue reading “World Cancer Day: Beating Cancer, Remembering, and Taking Action”

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: A difficult diagnosis

Posted on November 9, 2018 by kerri

Two years ago for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, I shared my friend Tara and her mom Lori’s story. While today’s article will be more about the facts of pancreatic cancer, please read their story to understand the impact of pancreatic cancer on those living with this difficult type of cancer and their families.  The pancreas … Continue reading “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: A difficult diagnosis”

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma: Blood Cancer Awareness

Posted on September 14, 2018 by kerri

Did you know there are three major types of blood cancer? Leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma are types of cancer that affect the function of cells in the blood or the cells in the bone marrow that continually manufacture new blood cells to replace those that die off in the bloodstream. September is Blood Cancer Awareness … Continue reading “Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma: Blood Cancer Awareness”

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a promoted tweet encouraged me to assess my risk of breast and ovarian cancer, using the Cancer Care Ontario My Cancer IQ website. I don’t live in Ontario, but i decided to take the quizzes anyways. As a generally healthy woman in my mid-twenties, I was not deemed … Continue reading “Cancer Awareness and Prevention: Have you checked your risk?”

Breast Cancer: A Reason to Wear Medical ID

Posted on October 2, 2017 by kerri

While all cancer patients and survivors should wear a cancer medical ID bracelet, this is especially important of breast cancer survivors who can develop a condition called lymphedema as a result of treatment, tumor removal, or mastectomy surgery. Sometimes, breast cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, and these nodes must be removed, resulting in lymphedema, … Continue reading “Breast Cancer: A Reason to Wear Medical ID”

It’s that exciting time of year when kids start asking can I go tot camp? Most parents, of course, rejoice at the thought of some kid-free time in the summer! However, if your kid has a medical condition—food allergies, diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy, for example—it can be harder to figure out the right place to … Continue reading “Choosing a Summer Camp for Kids with Medical Conditions”

If you run a summer camp, or are sending your child to camp, you may have concerns about staff being aware of medical conditions of campers in their care. Over the course of a camp day, kids will encounter not only their own cabin counsellor, but also cooks and kitchen staff, activities staff—ranging from arts … Continue reading “Partnering with Camps to Keep Kids Safe with Medical ID Jewelry”