Support Hospitalized Military Children on Giving Tuesday

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There are 1.7 million children of U.S. military personnel. Known as MilKids, their lives have more than the typical challenges of childhood; they often face parental deployment, multiple moves, changes in schools, as well as a lack of extended family nearby. When a child is hospitalized it adds additional stress and anxiety.

Standish Foundation has created a program to bring comfort and support to these families. In 2018, we donated toys, games and crafts to children’s hospitals at Tripler Army, Portsmouth Naval and Walter Reed Medical Centers. We’re asking for your support to continue this important program in 2019.

CLICK HERE to Make Your Contribution!

Giving Tuesday“Nadeiah had so much fun with her doll. She loved decorating it and making it her own. She was so excited and happy. She named her doll “Faith” and loved that it didn’t have hair–just like her!



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Bubbles and Bandaids: Spotlight and Giveaway

Bubbles and Bandaids

Child life specialists have been discussing dress code policies for years. Should we wear scrubs, business casual, or have uniforms? Our job requires us to move a lot, play and create with art and sometimes get an unexpected surprise of a child’s bodily fluids.

So what should we wear that is comfortable, washable and provides others with an idea of our role? Bubbles and Bandaids has solved that problem. I’m so excited to share the dynamic duo, Betsy and Carissa, who created this company and are now helping child life specialists enjoy apparel both in and out of work.

Guest Blogger, Carissa from Bubbles and Bandaids

How Bubbles and Bandaids started:

Betsy and I met 8-9 years ago at work. We were both working as child life specialists at a local children’s hospital in Southern, Ca. Betsy has been in child life for 10 years and I have been in the field for fifteen. Work and family took Betsy out of state, but we were able to reconnect at the 2018 ACLP conference. We had a discussion about the lack of child life apparel and decided something needed to be done. We came up with our name that same night and then began dreaming and planning.

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What’s in the shop?

We currently offer 5 shirt designs. They are all original by our designer, Jaye. We share our idea/vision and he brings it to life. Our goal is to offer quality shirts that can be worn both at work and play! Along with our shirts we also have a great badge reel and lanyard.

All of our designs are currently available. Pre-orders will run October 10-20th and then shirts will ship beginning of November. Our first batch of shirts sold out quick, so we are trying something new with pre-orders to ensure everyone gets the size they want/need. These make great gifts for the holidays and starting new internships, so be sure to click here and get your gear.

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Win a t-shirt design of your choice. Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag a friend and leave a comment on the post.

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

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy & @BubblesandBandaids, Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 10/19/18. Shipped to residents in U.S. and Canada.

Mesothelioma in Children: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Mesothelioma in Children: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a comprehensive source for information on mesothelioma.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the facts are that just under 16,000 children and young adults are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year, and about a quarter of them do not recover. Mesothelioma is a very malignant, but rare cancer in adults, and it occurs even less often in children. This is generally because mesothelioma can take decades to fully develop and cause symptoms.

Causes of Mesothelioma in Young People

Asbestos exposure is almost always the root cause behind cases of mesothelioma. When adults are diagnosed with the disease, it’s usually because they had some exposure to it at an earlier point in their lives. Along with direct exposure, it’s also possible for families of asbestos-exposed workers to have secondhand exposure. This can occur when the worker comes home and has asbestos fibers on their clothes or in their hair. However, with children, it seems unlikely that asbestos exposure is the direct cause of mesothelioma. A study of 80 childhood mesothelioma cases revealed that only two children had previous asbestos exposure. Inhaled asbestos fibers typically do not cause any damage until many years down the road. Instead, researchers have found preliminary evidence that radiation exposure could be a risk factor in childhood mesothelioma cases. Other theories include the BAP1 gene and isoniazid exposure at the fetal stage.

Symptoms of Children with Mesothelioma

Some of the same symptoms that adults get with mesothelioma are also present in children. Appetite loss, weight loss, chest pain, difficulty breathing and fever are all typical symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms can easily represent another condition, which is one of the reasons why mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until it’s reached a critical stage. Such a diagnosis is less likely with children as it’s an even rarer disease in that age group.

Treatment of Children with Mesothelioma

Similar treatments are used for children with mesothelioma as for adults. Radiation and chemotherapy are the most common. Surgery can be more difficult on younger children especially. In cases of metastasized cancer, surgery is even less likely to be an option. Treatment is also just as difficult for children as for adults. In a review of seven childhood cases, only two of the children made it past five years after the initial diagnosis. The other cases saw no improvement after radiation and surgery. Chemotherapy allowed a few cases to stay in remission for over five years.

Mesothelioma is an appalling disease and it’s tragic for anyone to be diagnosed with it, much less a child. Research on the rare diagnosis continues to improve in hopes that future cases will be much better understood.