Families Facing Cancer: Spotlight and Giveaway on Mighty + Bright

When Sara Olsher was diagnosed with cancer at age 34, her first thought was her 6-year-old daughter. As a single mom, the two were incredibly close, and Sara was deeply worried about her daughter’s mental health.

“I worried a lot about whether I would be okay, of course, but it was all about how cancer would impact my daughter,” Sara said. “I know I can deal with almost anything, but I wasn’t sure if my daughter could.”

Sara’s first order of business was to find a children’s book to explain her diagnosis. Unfortunately, what she was looking for — a book that explained the actual science of cancer in an age-appropriate, non-scary way — didn’t exist.

As an illustrator, Sara had enough experience to put together a book on the topic, which she published through her company Mighty + Bright. The book is called What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer and now has well over a hundred five-star ratings on Amazon and is used in hospitals across the United States.

As it turns out, this book was just the beginning.

Throughout her treatment, Sara desperately wished for some way to make cancer easier. Her explanation took the fear out of cancer for her daughter but did nothing to manage the chaos and stress of long-term cancer treatment. Sara relied on her “village” to help with school drop-offs and pickups, meals, and more, and her daughter was often confused about who would be in the house each day. She worried that someone would forget to pick her up at school.

Sara also struggled to come up with ways to stay emotionally connected to her daughter. Games of tag and play dates in the park were now replaced with long stretches of time where Sara was too exhausted to even come up with activities to do from the couch.

Sara’s solution was a visual calendar, which helped her daughter easily see what she could expect each day. Would mom be extra tired from chemo? Or would it be a “good day,” closer to the end of the cycle? The calendar also had low-key activities the two could do together. Sara’s daughter picked out the activities and chose the day they’d do them, giving the pair something to look forward to.

Since Sara’s diagnosis in 2017, she has continued to build her company to help with a number of difficult life circumstances. She now has book and calendar sets for everyday use in addition to special sets for kids facing parental divorce, their own pediatric cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a parent or sibling. Through her nonprofit organization, Resilience Campaign, Sara is seeking funding to provide these resources to pediatric cancer patients and their siblings.

Using these books and calendars, Sara found a way to take things that are incredibly complicated and make them simple and easy to understand.

“These tools brought both of us security and peace,” Sara says. “Every day, my daughter could check the calendar to see – where in the chemo cycle is mom? When will she start to feel better? What activity can I choose for us to do together? This calendar was a gift. It was the gift of being able to connect with my child, even when I was exhausted.”

Through her experience with cancer, Sara learned a lesson so deeply that it has become a core part of who she is. And that lesson is this: Making life more simple makes space for the things that really matter.

It makes space so your brain isn’t preoccupied with keeping track of everything under the sun, and for connection with the people, we love.

Learn more about Sara and how to purchase her amazing resources at MightyandBright.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, and Instagram.

We will be giving away a children’s book and calendar kit of your choice to one lucky winner.

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 9/4/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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Eddie’s Brave Journey: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Randi Pearlman Wolfson, Author of Eddie’s Brave Journey 

If you could see the heart of a grieving child, it might look larger than expected. That’s because it grows in size to encompass confusion, fear, sadness, loneliness, and love.

If you could place a stethoscope on the heart of a grieving child, this is what you might hear: “Why me?” “I’m scared.” “Who will take care of me?” “I’m confused.” “It was my fault.”

Setting out on a courageous journey after his Grandpa Joe has died, Eddie Elephant learns from other animals about the feelings of grief and how to help his heart begin healing. A sweet little squirrel named Solly accompanies Eddie on his journey, asking just the right questions of the reader to help address his/her own grief.

Parents and caregivers can rest assured that the heartwarming words on each page are based on well-respected and documented grief theory.  This is the perfect grief resource for children ages 2-10 years old.

Where to purchase

Get your copy at www.EddiesBraveJourney.com.

Author Bio

Randi Pearlman Wolfson is a Los Angeles-based grief educator and author. After experiencing the death of her dad when she was 10 years old, it became her life-long dream to provide hope and healing to grieving children and adults. For nearly 20 years, she has educated the community, including mental health professionals, clergy, students, teachers, and various other professionals, on the topic of grief.  As founder/writer at Grief & GRITS on Facebook and Instagram, Randi provides a caring heart and voice for grievers. 

We will be giving away a copy of Eddie’s Brave Journey to one lucky winner.

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 7/2/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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Rambee Boo Series: Spotlight and Giveaway

We all know the power of reading to children, especially when kids can relate to the character. I’m thrilled to introduce a new children’s book series to support social and emotional needs.
Guest Blogger, Reena Korde Pagnoni, Author of Rambee Boo Series
Rambee Boo was created during the height of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Our family adopted a dog, to bring a little joy and normalcy during the challenging times.  The characters in the series are based on my youngest son Rocky (aka Rock), and our rambunctious puppy Rambo (aka Rambee Boo). Whenever there’s trouble, these two are usually at the center of it!
Currently, there are four books that cover topics of patience, anxiety, problem-solving, and responsibility. They are perfect for children ages 2-7.
Where to Purchase
The Rambee Boo series can be purchased on https://www.wamanbooks.com or Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Indigo Books, BAM, or other book retailers.
Author Bio

I graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High school in 2000 and went on to get my B.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. I currently live in New Jersey with my husband, my three children, and of course…my Rambee Boo! I’ve always had a great love for children’s books and started collecting them in college. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write my own series to add to our collection.  I hope these books will continue to grow and foster children’s love for reading. I can only hope that my readers enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them!

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 6/24/21. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents.