Migraine and Mia: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Kat Harrison, Author of Migraine and Mia

Mia lives with chronic migraine. Believe it or not, a migraine is more than just a headache. Mia’s chronic migraine often makes her body feel like a full-on pain parade with a marching band behind her eyeballs! Sometimes she even sees dots, stripes, and a whole kaleidoscope of colors. While chronic migraine really is no fun at all, there are small ways that friends and family can help when one strikes. Written with humor and pizzazz, Migraine and Mia is the perfect way to educate children about chronic migraine, an often-misunderstood health condition, and what family and friends can do to better help support those who live with it.

Inspiration for The Book

Award-winning author Kat Harrison was diagnosed with chronic migraine when she was 15. Kat struggles to remember a time when she wasn’t in pain every single day. For such a common condition, migraine is incredibly misunderstood. There are significantly more symptoms than people realize, and a variety of migraine types that exist. When Harrison was looking at the picture book market, there was a huge hole in books that accurately portray chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability — so her daily life inspired her to write them. Picture books are such a foundational format for bringing both depth and levity to serious topics.

What would you like children and their parents to take away from this story?

Harrison hopes to educate readers that migraine is so much more than just a headache! That statement is a large premise to the story — this idea that a migraine is a full-body test in pain and endurance, and there are small ways family and friends can help. Kat wants the book to entertain as well as educate. She believes that there is a huge stigma against health books — that they’re “boring” or “too niche.”  She is proving with each book that this is simply not true. It’s possible to tackle something like a diagnosis and still show mastery of craft and a creative arc, and Harrison has achieved that.

What gave you the idea to write about medical and health issues that children may encounter?

Harrison got the idea after taking many lukewarm trips to the library. In most children’s collections, there are a very limited number of fictional picture books that tackle health conditions with honesty and realism. While there is a definite place in the canon for books that center on animals and general hospital experiences, Harrison wanted to take it one step further and write from the perspective of a patient. There is no substitute for health stories written by people who actually live them.

Author Bio

Kat Harrison is the award-winning author of Surgery on Sunday and Migraine and Mia. She’s a chronic illness advocate from Michigan and has shared her story with organizations like the American Migraine Foundation and the National Headache Foundation, as well as outlets like Real Simple and The Mighty. Much like Mia (but a little bit older), she has lived with chronic migraine for over eighteen years.

We will be giving away a copy of Migraine and Mia to one lucky winner.

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Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 12/15/21.

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Ari The Brave: Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Krystal Wallick, Author of Ari The Brave

About The Book

Ari overcomes his hospital stay.

When a little boy is hospital-bound, he gets through the scary time with his adventurous spirit and wild imagination. A hospital turns into a jungle with young Ari battling rhinos and octopuses in this wonderful tale of courage and empowerment.

The Inspiration Behind the Book

In June 2020, I had my third child, right at the height of COVID. Things were scary already, my older daughters were home from school and I was laid off from my job. Then my son’s lungs collapsed during his delivery. We almost lost him. It was the scariest time of my life. I wasn’t allowed to hold him or touch him, so I sat at his bedside daydreaming. At one point I took out my phone and began writing imaginary stories of my son being on adventures, instead of being in the hospital. Some days he was doing ok and having fun and other days, he battling something really scary. After 14 days in the NICU, we were discharged with a healthy boy. I realized how therapeutic the writing had been for me and that these stories of bravery could help other families going through similar challenges. I set out to publish the children’s books and released the first one this past August. Since then, we have sold over 300 books and donated over 125 books to children’s hospitals and NICUs all over the world!

While Ari’s story takes place in the hospital, challenges come in all different shapes and sizes. Nightmares, social anxiety, bumps, and bruises can seem almost insurmountable when viewed from their perspective. With imagination and bravery, any battle can be won. That is the message that children will get from the Ari the Brave books. This book is perfect for NICU families, medically fragile families, pediatric healthcare professionals/ child life specialists, or anybody preparing for an upcoming surgery or hospital stay. I received feedback that moms were even reading this to their children to prepare for regular doctor visits, blood draws and getting stitches.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase the books www.arithebrave.com. For the month of October, you can receive 10% off any of your orders, by using code CHILDLIFEMOMMY. All books will be personally signed by the author!

Be sure to follow Krystal on Instagram and Facebook as she continues to expand her library of resources for children and families.

We will be giving away 1 signed book to one lucky Child Life Mommy fan AND donating 1 to a children’s hospital of the winner’s choice.

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  3. Facebook: Follow Krystal Wallick Author and leave a comment.
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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 10/9/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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Helping Teens Cope with Grief: Spotlight and Giveaway of “If Only”

Guest Blogger, Carole Geithner, author of If Only 

Author and clinical social worker Carole Geithner has recently re-released her coming-of-age novel, If Only, shining a realistic light on navigating grief in adolescents. Moving and sometimes humorous, If Only tells the story of 13-year-old Corinna’s first year struggling with the aching loss of her mother to cancer while having to navigate the more typical coming-of-age dilemmas, with all their awkward intensity.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated grief to a new level of consciousness in our homes and schools. If Only takes place before COVID-19, but its relevance to bringing grief out of the shadows in homes, schools, neighborhoods, and extended families is especially important for readers today.

“While we all experience grief differently, it is my hope that through Corinna’s story, those who are supporting a loved one may develop new understandings. And for those experiencing grief themselves, it is my hope that they find solace and a new friend in Corinna on their journey,” said Carole.

Excerpt from the book

It’s confusing how I want people to acknowledge my mom’s death, but I don’t want to have to talk about it if I’m not in the right mood or place, which is a lot of the time. I think that my father would call that an oxymoron or a conundrum or some other fancy teacher word. Someone should invent a signaling system for awkward but important topics. Green for “It’s a good time,” and red for “It’s not a good time; try again later.” Maybe that’s how I’ll make my million bucks.

About the Author

The emotional power of If Only is informed by Carole’s more than twenty years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with scores of children who have had a parent die, as well as adults whose childhoods were shaped by parent loss. In addition to her clinical practice, Carole leads Writing to Heal workshops for non-profit service organizations. She previously served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine.

For more information on the book and links to purchase, please visit: Carolegeithner.com. Also, be sure to follow If Only on Facebook!

We will be giving away a copy of If Only to one lucky winner.

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  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  3. Facebook: Follow If Only and leave a comment.
  4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and tag two friends in the post.
  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 5/1/21. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.