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Dedicated to Those Who Are Missing Someone Today


Christmas is not a happy time for everyone – there are many individuals for whom the Festive Season is very painful as it is the time that they miss those who are gone the most.

For parents who have lost a child, whether to cancer or anything else, this is a really, really, difficult time of the year because Christmas is about the children, after all…

Today we would like to take a moment to send out some love to all parents who have lost a child/children.

While the first Christmas is particularly poignant, each Christmas without your child will bring its own challenges, and each parent has to grieve in his or her own way.

There is not much that anyone can say that will take away your pain, but we here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust would just like to let you know that we are holding you close in our hearts today and are sending you as much Love & Peace as your heart can hold.

 

Sending you Angel Blessings
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Sprinkling Love, Light & Healing
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Peace, Love & Harmony Your Way

 

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AR App Helping Child Cancer Patients Cope with Anxiety


picture of characters in appThe Paediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s app is bringing imaginary friends to life in hospitals and cancer treatment centers.

A three-eared rabbit stands on Bridgette Czarnecki’s hospital bed. He playfully wiggles his ear and adjusts his yellow bow tie.

You’re stronger than you know,” he tells the 8-year-old. “I wish I was that strong.”

A flying pink-haired cow swoops in, pirouetting in the air. “Believe in yourself,” she says in a gentle voice. “I sure do.”

Nearby a friendly green monster smiles and waves. “Never give up, kid. Never give up.”

They’re all part of the Imaginary Friend Society, and they are exactly as billed: a figment of the imagination. For Czarnecki, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2017, they were a welcome distraction from the stress and anxiety of MRIs and chemotherapy while she was treated at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through February.

Czarnecki summoned the characters from a touchscreen above her hospital bed and the Imaginary Friend Society app developed by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The app uses augmented reality, which overlays digital images on top of what you’re seeing in the real world.

It makes me feel happy,” Czarnecki tells me.

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London Mayor Bans Junk Food Advertising on Public Transport


Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London confirmed, has confirmed that junk food advertising will be banned on public transport in London from February 2019.

The ban will cover all advertisements for food and non-alcoholic drinks high in fat, salt and/or sugar. It will cover the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, including London Underground, Overground and the capital’s buses and bus shelters.

This writer and Child Cancer Advocate sincerely hopes that more people in positions of power around the world take heed of this ban and do the same, especially in South Africa!

Why? Because childhood obesity is rampant; sugar, especially refined sugars, is extremely harmful to our health, and because according to all leading experts on cancer, including Cancer Research UK, childhood obesity may be driving the increase in cancer in young adults.

Extra fat in the body doesn’t just sit there, its active, sending out signals to the rest of your body. These signals can tell cells in our body to divide more often, which can lead to cancer.

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More than just Treatments needed for Childhood Cancer


Connor Webb developed a lump on his right thumb that raised concerns with his mother, Kim, but when queried about it, doctors told her not to worry about it and to just “take care of it whenever.”

Eventually though, the lump doubled in size, prompting surgery to remove it, but the subsequent phone call from the doctor stunned Kim – Connor had been diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a slow-growing soft-tissue cancer.

After a month of tests and scans, Connor underwent a full resection of the tumour plus a bit of surrounding tissue to prevent recurrence and regained full use of his thumb. Later CT and MRI scans show no evidence of disease (NED).

This has, however, not put his mother at ease, as epithelioid sarcoma has a very ugly secret…

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How Self-Hypnosis Relieves Pain & Depression in Cancer Patients


If you haven’t heard of Dr. David Spiegel, let us introduce him…

He’s the Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, in addition to the Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

During his 40 years of clinical research, he’s specialized in psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep and psychotherapy for cancer patients.

But another field that’s close to his heart is hypnosis – having conducted an extensive number of clinical studies, in addition to publishing many medical journals, articles and even book chapters on the topic.

One of his most notable clinical trials studied the effects of self-hypnosis coupled with support groups to relieve pain and mental distress in cancer patients.

Watch the video to see His Holiness ponder Dr. Spiegel’s groundbreaking research, and how “feelings lead to healing.”

In this extraordinary video, Dr. Spiegel and his team share their findings from this research with the Dalai Lama.

 

Source: https://hypnosistrainingacademy.com

World Health Organization’s New Global Childhood Cancer Initiative MOST Welcome


Childhood Cancer is a global scourge! There is, however one MASSIVE difference – In rich countries, 80% of children with diseases like Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia(ALL) survive. In many poor countries, 80% die.

While high-income countries such as the USA and Britain have made tremendous strides against A.L.L. and other similar childhood cancers, those gains have not trickled down to low- and middle-income countries, many of which simply don’t have the resources to treat complex diseases.

This inversion of mortality rates marks one of the greatest health disparities in the world, according to the World Health Organisation, which convened a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the issue on 28 September, 2018.

With childhood leukemia, the single biggest predictor of whether you recover or not is where you happen to have been born,” says Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, executive vice president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and chairman of its global pediatric medicine department. “We’re talking about many thousands of young children dying every single year of diseases that we have known how to cure for decades.”

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Dedication to our Little Fighters


Childhood Cancer is rare yet it is also far too common, and our Little Fighters and their Families are fighting the fight of their lives every single day.

While we are not the parents of our Beneficiaries, each and every single child with which we work is OUR child and we feel every emotion when they are ill, when they are rushed to hospital, when they celebrate their achievements, when they get their Angel Wings…

We share the parents’ pain and sit for hours on end waiting for updates; we check in with them as often as possible, and we try to help out when, where and however we are able to…

We often cry at the utter helplessness we see and hear (but never in front of anyone) and carry our Little Fighter’s welfare in our hearts 24/7/365 but MOST OF ALL we SALUTE their courage; we salute the fact that our Little Fighters handle everything with a smile and that their parents are SO STRONG!!!

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ : Liquid Nutrition


Children with cancer often suffer from Appetite Loss when undergoing Radiation Therapy or Chemotherapy, which means that they are not getting the nutrients that they need to fight their cancer.

Add to this some of the side-effects of these treatments such as ConstipationDiarrhoeaDifficulty Chewing,  DehydrationDifficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)Mouth Sores or MucositisNausea and Vomiting, and Taste Changes, all of which make it difficult for them to eat, and parents are faced with a massive problem.

This is when it is helpful to have some nutritional liquids on hand that you can give your child to drink to help them fight the cancer and maintain their weight and energy levels.

We have published many recipes for Smoothies and other Healthy Drinks, so today we are going to bring you something a bit different ~ in the form of recipes for Homemade Almond Milk, a  Cleansing Booster Beet Juice, Enoch’s famous Kick’um Juice and an Immunity Boosting Carrot, Orange, Lemon & Ginger Juice

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The Ugly Truth of Childhood Cancer


What do you think about when you think about Childhood Cancer (if you think about it at all that is)?

As part of our September Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign, we will bring you as much information regarding Childhood Cancer as we can, and this includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Childhood Cancer is devastating, and it is robbing the world of its beautiful young souls all too often and all too soon…

In today’s post we want to bring you some visuals so that you can SEE what this devastating disease does to Children with Cancer and their families…

Every day the Little Fighters Cancer Trust deals with the pain, the emotional distress, the absolute terror, and the utter helplessness of those families who have been told that their child has cancer.

Every day we try our best to help those families; helping them with transport to and from the hospital or clinic, prepaid electricity, accommodation, cellphone airtime so that they can stay in touch with their family/doctors/clinics etc. or food parcels so that they can eat, plus much more…

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Hold On ~ Dominic Camany


Good Morning Little Fighter Community!

Today we would like to present you with a lovely musical piece written and sung by a young man called Dominic Camany.

This was the message Dominic posted when he released Hold On in 2011:

I have decided to spend the next year donating the proceeds of my music (CD, iTunes, and Merchandise sales, as well as Performance fees) to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. As we all know Cancer is an overwhelming disease that will affect every person’s life in one way or another and we are hoping to not only help raise money for the cause but also raise awareness in our society. My own mother has battled cancer, as well as a few family members and close friends. Unfortunately, even some of those family members and friends have lost the battle and left us to fight in their memory.

 Thank you, Dominic.

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