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Susan is the creator of MyHealthVoice.com, built upon her 20+ years in healthcare and her experiences as a caregiver and patient. She is a writer, speaker and advocate for people living with chronic or life limiting illness as well as their family and professional caregivers. Learn more - www.myhealthvoice/susanharkema/.

Going to the Hospital by Mister Rogers

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*+-Title: Going to the Hospital Author: Dr. Fred Rogers My Take on this Title: For younger children (2-6 years) and recommended by Children’s Department Librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. A Mister Rogers classic! If it’s got Mister Rogers name on it, you know it is going to be great. This little book is equally delightful and tells the facts …

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The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of your Emotions

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*+-Title: The Feelings Book: The Care & Keeping of your Emotions Author: Dr. Lynda Madison and Josee Masse My Take on this Title: Boy, I could have used this book when I was a young girl. It would have helped when my grandfather became sick and passed away or when friends didn’t treat me right or when I had feelings …

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Maisy Goes to the Hospital

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*+-Title: Maisy Goes to the Hospital Author: Lucy Cousins My Take on this Title: For younger children (2-6 years) and recommended by Children’s Department Librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. You’ve got to love Maisy and her “First Experiences” books. There’s nothing quite like a mouse with crutches and a duck named Daisy to make things less scary. Doctor Duck was …

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Going to the Hospital

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*+-Title: Going to the Hospital Author: Vic Parker My Take on this Title: A more modern version of Mister Rogers, book, this one was published in 2011. This book looks at both aspects of going to the hospital — visiting someone or being treated there yourself. It goes into less detail but has very good photos and captions to illustrate …

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Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul

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*+-Title: Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul Author: Jack Canfield, et al My Take on this Title: If you own a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book, you’re not alone. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have reached millions worldwide with their popular series. I’ve owned the “Christian’s Soul”, “Praying Woman’ Soul” and a couple of others. But, I hadn’t …

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Advance Directive Planning – Celebrate National Healthcare Decision Day

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*+-April 16th was National Healthcare Decision Day (www.nhdd.org). Although 80% of people say it is “very” or “somewhat” important to write down their healthcare wishes, only 36% actually have written instructions. My goal, as is the NHDD’s mission, is to make the topic of Advance Care Planning easier. This post will give a general overview of the topic and provide links that you …

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Why I lost 80 pounds in 9 months (…and how)

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*+-There was a time when I weighed 230 pounds. At 5’6 I thought that I could get away with being heavier because I was a little taller. Despite that delusion, my weight triggered chronic health issues that I still struggle with today – high blood pressure and chronic back problems. I was never able to get my weight under control. …

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Preparing Children for Life…a visit to the hospital

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*+-Recently, I was out for a run (we’ll deal with the fact that I run with two herniated discs in a future blog) and I saw a father at a nearby gas station teaching his son how to pump gas. I figured that the boy was about 9 years old. Brilliant! As I went by, I asked the man if he …

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When illness gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie

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*+-Opening up and sharing life in the midst of chronic illness. My mother was 45 years old when she had me in 1970. Today, having a child at that age isn’t as big of a deal as it was back then. My experience of having a mother born of the pre-depression era was really a special treat because she was …

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The Best Care Possible

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*+-Title: The Best Care Possible Author: Ira Byock, MD My Take on this Title: I will admit, I am a BIG fan of anything Dr. Byock crafts. To me, he represents the best of what I desire in a doctor. Dr. Byock is the voice for many in the palliative care and hospice profession and, I believe, that he offers the most balanced …

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