My Son Survived a Dog Attack: Tips from a Mom Who Learned the Hard Way

I want to begin by saying I’ve always been a “dog person.” It is not my intention to instill undue fear through the sharing of my family’s story, as I’m very much aware of the joy pets can add to a home.

It is, however, my hope that our experience will inspire parents and dog owners to exercise great caution when kids and dogs mix—no matter how well you know the dog or how comfortable the child is around dogs.

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  • My Son Survived a Dog Attack: Tips from a Mom Who Learned the Hard Way

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    I want to begin by saying I’ve always been a “dog person.” It is not my intention to instill undue fear through the sharing of my family’s story, as I’m very much aware of the joy pets can add to a home.

    It is, however, my hope that our experience will inspire parents and dog owners to exercise great caution when kids and dogs mix—no matter how well you know the dog or how comfortable the child is around dogs.

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  • Protecting Little Lungs: What Parents Need to Know about RSV

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    By Katie Cockeram Weis, Mom

    As a new parent, you know to keep an eye on things like diaper rash, reflux and colic from day one. But there’s a lesser-discussed topic many new parents don’t learn about until they’re thrust into its scary throes: respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

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  • 5 Tips and Tricks for Halloween from an ASD Mom

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    Halloween can be both challenging and rewarding for families with kids who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The little things that come naturally to most kids on Halloween—running to a neighbor’s door, speaking to strangers and reaching into a basket full of candy—can be tough for kids with ASD. This year, Reneé Britt, whose son is a patient at Marcus Autism Center, offers tips to help make this holiday more enjoyable for fellow ASD parents and neighbors hosting trick-or-treaters.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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 ...

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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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  • 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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  • Thanksgiving at a Children's Hospital

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, we asked our patients and their families to share what they’re most thankful for this year. These children have spent much of 2015 away from their homes, schools and playgrounds to recover from things like surgeries and life-threatening accidents.

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  • Thanksgiving at a Children's Hospital

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, we asked our patients and their families to share what they’re most thankful for this year. These children have spent much of 2015 away from their homes, schools and playgrounds to recover from things like surgeries and life-threatening accidents.

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  • When an Ankle Becomes a Knee: My Daughter's Cancer Journey

    A dedicated runner, soccer player and adventure seeker, our then 11-year-old daughter Grace became sidelined from the activities she loved in May 2014.

    Intensifying knee pain led us to a variety of medical professionals and, ultimately, a dislocated knee cap diagnosis. When physical therapy proved unsuccessful, we headed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for a biopsy of the bone in her left femur.

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  • When an Ankle Becomes a Knee: My Daughter's Cancer Journey

    A dedicated runner, soccer player and adventure seeker, our then 11-year-old daughter Grace became sidelined from the activities she loved in May 2014.

    Intensifying knee pain led us to a variety of medical professionals and, ultimately, a dislocated knee cap diagnosis. When physical therapy proved unsuccessful, we headed to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for a biopsy of the bone in her left femur.

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  • 15 Pictures that Capture the Spirit of #CapeDayATL

    For our 100th anniversary, we asked Atlanta to join us in celebrating some of our city's bravest heroes—the patients who have shown us their heroic strength since 1915. From our hospital clinics to the steps of the Georgia Capitol, thousands of you pledged support by donning capes. With every photo, tweet, post and tag, you showed a bunch of brave kids that their army of sidekicks is not only huge, but also downright creative.

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  • 15 Pictures that Capture the Spirit of #CapeDayATL

    For our 100th anniversary, we asked Atlanta to join us in celebrating some of our city's bravest heroes—the patients who have shown us their heroic strength since 1915. From our hospital clinics to the steps of the Georgia Capitol, thousands of you pledged support by donning capes. With every photo, tweet, post and tag, you showed a bunch of brave kids that their army of sidekicks is not only huge, but also downright creative.

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  • What Sickle Cell Disease Is Like Through the Eyes of a Child

    Emmy was born Jan. 4, 2010, with sickle cell disease. We met Emmy for the first time Jan. 27 when we officially adopted our precious daughter.

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