Knowing your family medical history is important.  What rights do adoptees in Pennsylvania have to obtain information about their biological parents' medical histories?

Amy Goodling, 30 years old, is a seven-and-a-half year ovarian cancer survivor.  But, her fear at the time wasn’t chemotherapy and wasn’t fighting the cancer.  “It was whether I was going to be able to have children,” she said.

Does a positive attitude help to fight cancer?  Many people, including lots of cancer survivors, think so.

At this special community forum, child grief experts Leslie Delp, M.A. (founder and bereavement specialist at Olivia’s House in York, PA) along with Emilio Parga, M.A. (founder and director at The Solace Tree in Reno, Nevada), helped us sort through myths, fears, and questions related to children’s grief.

(Mount Laurel, NJ) -- A few years ago, Jarrod Skole of Mount Laurel, New Jersey was an average ten-year-old who enjoyed playing sports and hanging out with his friends. Then, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Jarrod found visualization helped him cope with the disease, which he says he knew nothing about when he was going through treatment.

“These dogs do just a wonderful thing for kids and families that are here,” says Steve Turner, a volunteer with the Red Cross Animal Assisted Therapy Program.  He and his therapy dog, Tootsie, visit kids and their families at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.  He says, “A lot of times they just find the comfort of a dog who will love and listen unconditionally.”

(Orlando) -- Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, a spouse, family member, or friend will act as a caregiver to help with the patient's needs. But sometimes caregivers become so engrossed in looking after their loved ones, they forget to take care of themselves.

“I would never take my child to the funeral.  She doesn’t understand anyway.”
“I figure I'll just take the pictures down of Nana for a while.  Being reminded of her will only upset my son more.”
“My teenager doesn’t talk about his dad anymore.  I’m so glad he is over that.”
“I’m afraid I’m gonna say something wrong so I won’t say anything at all."

Can you relate to some of these comments about the way that children grieve?  You’re not alone.

A lot can happen in 5 years.  Any number of personal triumphs, tragedies, successes, and failures take place.  Kids grow up, anniversaries are celebrated, loved ones pass away. 

(Orlando, FL) -- About a year ago, Lancaster County resident and cervical cancer survivor Vicky Darden decided to sell all of her possessions so she could embark on a monumental trip.

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