CureRock and a Rockin’ Hospital

By Nick Ranayhossaini, Cancer Survivor “If you have cancer, I’m gonna deck you!” My best friend said something along those lines before I was diagnosed with cancer the next day. I wasn’t there when he found out, but I imagine the look on his face was priceless. I like to imagine his eyes wide open… Read more »

HT HUD PBB OK! EML HAND

By Jamie Mesar, Manager, Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC When viewing these letters in the title of this post, several of us see nothing more than a jumbled mess, but to many teenagers and children, it is a full sentence and source of communication that can lead them down a… Read more »

Medical Play – Letting Patients Be In Control

By Beth Moneck, MS, Certified Child Life Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC In celebration of Child Life Month in March, we wanted to share one of the many patient support interventions our certified child life specialists do here at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: Medical Play. Medical play is a therapeutic intervention,… Read more »

Running for a Reason

By Merel Duursma, Children’s Hospital patient and Cancer Survivor Nobody thinks anything bad will happen to them until the worst happens. At least, that’s how I imagine my parents felt the day they were told their 7-year-old had cancer. I was in first grade when I failed the annual spring school vision screening. I visited… Read more »

I’ll have the number #4 combo or who has time for family meals?!

By: Ann Condon-Meyers, RD, LDN, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Spring is finally on its way. As the slow, gloomy days of winter recede, spring emerges as the time of year when our lives seem to speed up. Thoughts about time, plus the fact that March is National Nutrition Month, give me the chance… Read more »