My Journey with the Wind: Children’s Grief Book Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Ashley Wolfe

About the Book
In
My Journey With The Wind, A magical story of grief, a child whose brother died embarks on a magical journey coming to realize that the bond they thought was lost continues in their love for each other. At the end of the book, there is an interactive section of holistic therapeutic activities which match the theme and story and help the reader consider their own experiences with grief as well. These activities include emotion coaching, memory making, “grief storms” preparation, guided imagery for relaxation, and a prompt to look for messages of hope and love in their own life as well. This story and activity sections were designed to help facilitate difficult conversations about death and feelings of grief with children which can result from any significant change in their life. This book can be used by professionals working with children in school, hospital, hospice, and counseling settings as well as at home with caregivers. 

Where to purchase 

You can get your copy of My Journey with the Wind on Amazon. All the proceeds will go to Let Grace In, a nonprofit in Hawaii supporting families grieving the death of a child, to help fund their therapeutic bereavement programs and services. You can read more about their mission and upcoming events at letgracein.org

 About the Author

The author Ashley, MA, CCLS, has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 2007 working in hospital, hospice, and educational settings helping children and their families emotionally through therapeutic play activities, coaching, and support groups. She feels honored to have learned so much from the children and families she has walked closely with and dedicates this book in their honor. You can connect with Ashley on Instagram at @The_Grieving_Well

We will be giving away a copy of “My Journey with the Wind” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @The_Grieving_Well and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 5/2/22.

Easing Hospital Fears with 4Umedicaldesigns

Guest Blogger, Nick Nastasi from 4UMedicaldesigns

What is 4Umedicaldesigns?

At 4Umedicaldesigns we have a mission to reduce medical anxiety by decorating dismal/intimidating medical devices like IV bags and syringes to look more child friendly. As a child, our founder Nicholas Nastasi was briefly on an IV bag and also had a huge fear of needles, so he decided to create a product to help alleviate these medical worries for young children. Our patent-pending medical device stickers cover the blank portion of a syringe or IV bag with kid-friendly images and don’t cover any of the measurements or information on the device.

Who does it help?

4Umedicaldesigns Medical Stickers help pediatric patients that receive needles procedures and IV bags. Studies show that decorative IV bags reduced patient aversion by 83%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 73%. Decorative syringes reduced patient aversion by 79%, fear by 53%, and anxiety by 51% (Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center).

Where to purchase

Our IV bag and syringe stickers can be purchased at 4umedicaldesigns.com where we offer a range of different sticker designs and sizes. For large order inquiries and quotes, we can be reached at info@4Umedicaldesigns.com.

We will be giving away a choice of IV bag or syringe stickers to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow  @4Umedicaldesigns and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @4Umedicaldesigns, and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 4/21/22.

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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3. Facebook: Follow XOKatHarrison and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @XOKat, and tag two friends in the post.

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

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