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Rachel's right leg is healing well
Tue, May 24, 2011, 3:37 PM
Rachel returned to the orthopedic clinic for her first post-operative visit today. Her surgical wounds are healing well, and her x-rays confirmed...
Onco girl won't need radiation therapy (Hurrah!)
Mon, May 23, 2011, 3:30 PM
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...
Great news from the pathology report
Thu, May 19, 2011, 5:31 PM
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...
Helping families cope with psychological side of cancer
Wed, May 18, 2011, 4:50 PM
Hello. My name is Dr. Lamia Barakat. I’m director of psychosocial services in oncology and a psychologist in the Children’s Cancer...
How to hoist, pivot and climb into an SUV with a giant leg brace
Mon, May 16, 2011, 6:38 PM
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...
Onco Girl Turns Belle of the Ball
Thu, May 12, 2011, 7:02 PM
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...
Beads of Courage
Tue, May 10, 2011, 6:19 PM
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...
I'm mobile again!
Mon, May 9, 2011, 11:14 AM
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...