Home Sweet Home

I landed in Canada last night at around 4:00pm local time. Needless to say my body wants me to slow down for a few days…I came down with some sort of cold and/or sinus infection on my last night in Eldoret. It’s perfect timing, because I wouldn’t have been able to go to the hospital […]

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Counting Down & a Recap

This Wednesday marked my fourth last Child Life volunteer shift at the hospital. June 15th, 22nd, and 29th are the days I have left to spend at the hospital I love and have – literally – grown up with. The Children’s Hospital at the London Health Sciences Centre was my home away from home for […]

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The Littlest Heroes

As I enter deeper and deeper in to the world of child life, there are going to be many things that I experience. One most of the unfortunate and heartbreaking events will be the death of a patient. However given this field, that is a fact that I learned to accept long ago. In regards […]

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“Alexx’s Plan for Back Pokes” circa 2001

A few days ago I received this wonderful memory from Child Life.ย At first I was really confused by the image and didn’t realize what it was. Below is my personal plan for dealing with back pokes (aka: spinal taps & bone marrow aspirations) from my leukemia treatment in 2001. Talk about flashback! The discovery of […]

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Book Reports…Classic

Hi all! So for my current grief and bereavement class we were assigned the bookย Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived. Long story short, it was incredible. Rather than trying to explain how I felt about it, I’m just going to copy and paste part of my review paper for it. Our assignment required […]

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“Lecture 8 – Child Life Preparation”

This week in my Child Life course we are getting an introductory lesson on preparation and what it means to prepare a child for a medical procedure. This lecture, filled with tons of information and example procedures, shot my memory back 14 years to when I was the child being prepared for my Hickman or […]

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