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Explaining Cancer to Kids

What is cancer? To answer this question, you can start with the basic make-up of the human body. For example, “The body is made up of cells. Normally cells are healthy, but sometimes there are unhealthy, abnormal cells that grow and aren’t supposed to be there. This is called cancer.” Once there is a basic understanding of cancer, you can go into detail on what part of the body is affected by the cancer (e.g., lung cancer). Can I catch cancer? Many children, even teenagers, think canc

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Week 1 (Induction Phase)

It’s 3am on 2/17/2020 and we are in a room on the 9th floor in Karmanos Cancer Facility in Detroit. This is the beginning of the Induction process which in short means the beginning of chemo treatments while keeping a close eye on Kate during the process.  The doctor believes this will take less than a week this visit but the Induction process is typically a week. There are four phases to chemotherapy treatment: The first phase is called Remission Induction. Treatment during th

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Lumbar Puncture - Spinal Tap

During the time you are fighting cancer (especially A.L.L.) you will have to received several Lumbar Punctures or also referred to as Spinal Taps.  So what are they? Lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, is a medical procedure in which a needle is inserted into the spinal canal, most commonly to collect cerebrospinal fluid for diagnostic testing. The main reason for a lumbar puncture is to help diagnose diseases of the central nervous system, including the brain and spine. A lum

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Fevers are no good

Tonight Kate developed a fever (running 100.5) and whats scary is they say if you have Leukemia and get a fever you must go to the nearest Emergency Room since its more than likely an infection which can prove to be fatal.  So right now we are calling 1-800-Karmanos to find out what they want us to do. Patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) present with either symptoms relating to direct infiltration of the marrow or other organs by leukemic cells, or symptoms relating to the decr

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Homecare Nurse Visit

Last night Kate called the Support line for the Homecare nurse complaining on how much the bandage hurts after they redid it during our Hospital visit yesterday (Friday).  Kate was complaining of a burning sensation and very uncomfortable.  A homecare nurse showed up and was very polite and helped explain how to clean the pic line with basically salt water and yea, I got my intro on how to do this myself for Kate.  She re-bandaged it up and Kate kept thanking the nurse because it was like night

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Bone Marrow Biopsy

A bone marrow biopsy involves removing a small sample of the bone marrow inside your bones for testing. Bone marrow is a soft tissue in the center of most large bones. It makes most of the body's blood cells. The biopsy is done using a small needle inserted into the bone.

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Abby Angel

Came home from a tough appointment today to find a care package waiting for Kate.  one of the sweetest women at Mclaren health plan is always looking out for how she can encourage and help others. One of those ways is through her “Abby Angel’s”. She lost someone and decided years ago to light the path for others struggling by giving these angels when they are needed. It is an honor to be gifted one by Lana because it means that she is now a warrior for your battle.    We came home to

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Karmanos DETROIT Visit 1

So our first visit to Karmanos in Detroit. We were given Valet so getting in wasn’t too bad and traffic down from Davison was quick.  Front staff that checked us in was very professional and then a guide brought us to the room on the second floor where we had a pretty brief wait before being called back. Dr. Yang is another great doctor that is very knowledgeable. Leukemia is his specialty and he is very informed on Kate’s condition.  He mentioned it’s typically found in kids (under the age

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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia? Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer that affects the white blood cells. These cells fight infection and help protect the body against disease. Patients with ALL have too many immature white blood cells in their bone marrow. These cells crowd out normal white blood cells. Without enough normal white blood cells, the body has a harder time fighting infections. ALL affects a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes, causing them to

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K8strong the beginning

As many of you know my wife has been sick for the last three months and Urgent Care told her it’s a viral infection and she just needs to wait it out.  After two months she lost 40lbs and appeared to have Jaundice with her coworkers telling her she has a gray tint to her skin.  Kate decided to try her primary care physician which told her the same thing, it’s a cold and you just need to wait it out. We had a parent from our sons FIRST Robotics team that mentioned she could have Lyme

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What are the different types of diabetes?

The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive. Type 2 diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does

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Clear Browser Cache

Google Chrome On your computer, open Chrome. At the top right, click More . Click More tools  Clear browsing data. At the top, select All time. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes. Click Clear data. Safari <coming soon>

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Cloud Storage Issues

So many choices and yes I have tried them all and in many cases at the same time since certain applications only offer support for one or the other or a couple but never all of them. In my experience these last few years, dropbox is the clear winner when you want to talk about compatibility.  If an app supports any cloud type of storage then Dropbox is always there but (always a but) its also the most expensive of all cloud storage services.  I was paying $199/year for 2TB which they just u

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Wordpress is like Microsoft

Yea yea, I know this title is very generic and yes we all like to bag on Microsoft but this is more of a very high level side by side with Microsofts product, Windows. Why is Wordpress like Windows? They both are slow over time. The more you add the slower it gets. The more software, plugins you add the slower it gets. They are both very insecure and require a separate security package. Here is my experience with Wordpress since this is all just a learning experiment. I

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How will I know

Isn’t this the big question we ask ourselves all the time when marriage is either brought up or roaming around in your head?  Honestly no one can answer the question if he/she is “the one” for you. Being married twice myself I put my foot down and said never again.  In my head I believed people changed to dramatically from when you date to when you are now married.  It appeared once you put a ring on your finger it was a sign that someone owned you. Looking back I could see the error o

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Fisher Building

The Fisher Building rises 30 stories with a roof height of 428 feet, a top floor height of 339 feet, and the spire reaching 444 feet. The building has 21 elevators. Albert Kahn and Associates designed the building with Joseph Nathaniel French serving as chief architect. French took inspiration from Eliel Saarinen's Tribune Tower design of 1922, seen in the emphasis on verticality and the stepped-back upper stories. The building is unlike any other Albert Kahn production. It has been called "Detr

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Guardian Building

Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building was originally called the Union Trust Building and is considered one of the boldest examples of art-deco architecture.

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The Penobscot Building

Here are some beautiful buildings in Detroit, Michigan. The Penobscot Building There is an urban legend that the building’s 100-foot tower with its winking red orb was once used as a port for a dirigible. In truth, this “blazing ball of fire,” as one newspaper article described it at the time, was simply an aviation beacon. These days, the tower and its sometimes-blinking red light are simply for decoration. The orb, which is 12 feet in diameter, was first turned on when the building o

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The GM Renaissance Center

This impressive grouping of seven interconnected tall towers is a centerpiece of the Detroit riverfront. Designed by architect John Portman, who also imagined the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, the “Ren Cen” is featured in dozens of movies — This is Spinal Tap, Breathless, Hancock — and TV series.

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