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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Why a Family Dentist Is the Best Option for Your Family

Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

A family dentist provides dental service to members of the family regardless of age. The services include dental checkups, cleaning, x-rays, fillings, and fluoride treatment, among others. You benefit more from having a family dentist, as you will notice from the information below.

It Makes Dental Care Simple and Convenient

A family dentist provides oral health care at all stages of life. Family dentists have the experience to treat all family members, from children to elderly grandparents. There will be no need to find a dentist for each member of the family. One dentist will take care of everyone, saving you the trouble of setting appointments at different dental clinics and organizing how each will attend. You can set up an appointment for all family members to get treatment on the same day unless there is an emergency. Children will be comfortable and committed to dental checkups if they see the same dentist from a young age until they grow up.

Consistent Dental Care

Family dentists know the dental history of all relatives in the unit, and it helps with the early detection of problems. They maintain a record of dental diseases, allergies, sensitivities, or surgeries. The proactive quickly notice new symptoms since the last checkup and decide on the appropriate action. Knowledge of family history helps to determine suitable treatments based on long-time information.

A family dentist also knows about genetic issues and watches out for their appearance. For instance, family doctors who treated family members with orthodontic issues will be vigilant when treating subsequent generations. They also inform you about the treatment options that can manage your family circumstances in a better way.

Eliminates Dental Anxiety

Children and some adults grapple with dental phobia and anxiety that makes them delay or avoid an appointment with a dentist. Checkup by a family dentist that everyone trusts help to overcome dental anxiety because there is no fear that something terrible will happen. Children gain confidence and become comfortable about dental checkups or treatment if they notice a family dentist also attends to you and other adult relatives. Family members are more likely to open up to a dentist if they share a bond due to frequent encounters.

Preventative Care

A family dentist wants the best for their clients, as the position makes someone feel like a relative. Dedicated family dentists teach preventative practices to prevent general and severe problems such as tooth decay. You also get essential guidelines concerning daily oral care, toothpaste, and diet to maintain healthy teeth. A family dentist also updates you about the current dentistry practices and technologies to improve oral care.

In conclusion, a family dentist builds a lasting relationship and gives you the convenience to consult about oral hygiene without reservation. The comfort extends to the whole family. It is also reassuring that you can book a prompt appointment without going through a lengthy procedure.

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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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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 10/9/21. Open to U.S. residents.

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