Rachel's right leg is healing well

Rachel returned to the orthopedic clinic for her first post-operative visit today. Her surgical wounds are healing well, and her x-rays confirmed... Read more

Onco girl won't need radiation therapy (Hurrah!)

My name is Naomi Balamuth and I am one of Rachel’s oncologists at CHOP. Rachel and her family asked me to update you on her treatment... Read more

Great news from the pathology report

Today, we're tinkering with the usual blog format. Rachel's dad, Kurt, has great news to share. And Rachel has answered some questions from... Read more

Helping families cope with psychological side of cancer

Hello. My name is Dr. Lamia Barakat. I’m director of psychosocial services in oncology and a psychologist in the Children’s Cancer... Read more

How to hoist, pivot and climb into an SUV with a giant leg brace

I’m finally home! But getting here and getting set up was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. On Friday at CHOP, we had... Read more

Onco Girl Turns Belle of the Ball

Mom here. I thought I had a few years to go before worrying about Rachel's first prom, but this year has been full of surprises -- and the... Read more

Beads of Courage

Today was a pretty big day for me. It is exactly one week since my limb-salvage surgery. The doctors removed the drains (vacuum-like tubing... Read more

I'm mobile again!

Sunday was a big day. Ms. Kristen, my physical therapist, came by to help me get out of bed. She brought a recumbent wheel chair (that’s... Read more