Checkup Newsroom (hematology)

2018
October
12,
2018
As a nose tackle on his youth football team, Landyn Gray is a tough kid. So when he complained that he “felt funny,” his parents took notice. It was late in the summer, a few weeks before school, and Landyn was at football practice in Arlington...
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June
20,
2018
In my first article, I introduced you to our family and described the first few years of our daughter’s treatment for leukemia. On her last day of treatment, August 29, 2011, doctors discovered that leukemia had relapsed in Tatum’s cerebral spinal fl...
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April
20,
2018
One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a parent. Babies bring vibrant life and wonder to the world around us and instantly reveal a much deeper capacity for love than we thought possible. Yet no matter how great our effort to help them grow and...
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April
10,
2018
By Ashley Parrott Life as a parent with a child who has Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is already frightening enough, but could you imagine this diagnosis with two of your kids? Mykhia and Malik, now 11 and 12 years old, were diagnosed with SCD with...
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February
23,
2018
The last thing Jeff Murray, M.D., wants to do is be interviewed for this story. It’s not about being rude or even shy, it’s just he wants to make darn sure the love is spread around for the people that make up the Neuro-Oncology Program at Cook Ch...
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January
21,
2018
A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed to a grade school in Grand Prairie, Texas on an otherwise...
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2017
September
26,
2017
At first glance, brothers Garrett and TJ Little don’t share a whole lot in common. First, there’s a seven-year age difference. Then, Garrett is married and an operations manager for a company in Las Colinas, while TJ is a single, free spirt and an...
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EKC
September
26,
2017
By Ashley Parrott The Hematology/Oncology (H/O) floor at Cook Children’s is its own world. Bright green walls lead the way among the hustle and bustle of the daily routines of patients, families and doctors. But behind the miracles happening on th...
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September
12,
2017
Physician. Scientist. Researcher. The role of a pediatric hematologist and oncologist stretches far beyond the walls of Cook Children’s medical center because the physician participates in clinical trials and collaborates with other experts both n...
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August
08,
2017
I'm gonna get a little personal with this one. And while I typically write about pediatric health issues on this page, I'm going to broaden things to include adult health too right now. Did you know you could literally save someone's life by sw...
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2016
September
30,
2016
Matthew Grogan’s first day of kindergarten started out like any other child’s. He had a brand new back pack, all the supplies on the list, and was excited to meet his teacher and make new friends! He smiled proudly for his first day of school picture...
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September
27,
2016
Elsa walks through her castle, with her long, blonde locks falling down her back. She sings, “Let It Go.” And then her parents pick up their little princess. She straightens her long wig and they head to the elevator, back to her room at Cook Chil...
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August
31,
2016
In between medicine in the morning and chemotherapy at night, Adalynn Hawkins laughs and cries. She pesters her sister and giggles with her parents. A family's never been so happy to go through the "Terrible Twos" and watch the joyful life of a toddl...
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July
16,
2016
Micah Ahern isn’t your typical 7 year old who likes superheroes. Micah IS a superhero. After all, he has the attributes that it takes to make one – he’s courageous, brave, has incredible strength and never gives up. He even has his own logo. An...
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2015
November
18,
2015
In this world where we are trying to protect our kids from chemicals and preservatives, one thing that is emerging for parents and pediatricians, is a rising tide of parents who are refusing vitamin K supplementation at birth. Often parents ask, “Wha...
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October
30,
2015
Five years ago, Wendy and Jody Gerngross arrived at Cook Children's during Halloween, not exactly in the holiday spirit. After all, they had just learned their then 18-month-old daughter, Jinger Jo, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Octobe...
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October
07,
2015
At 11 years old, Isabel "Izzy" Bonilla has spent a lot of days and nights away from home. Her longest stint, more than 356 days, ends today. After a year of needle pokes, hospital rooms and being prodded by doctors and nurses, Izzy is “breaking free”...
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September
23,
2015
If we had one wish it would be that no child would ever have to fight cancer. That's why we're asking you to join forces with Cook Children's oncologists, researchers, patients and families to help make that wish come true. There's a lot we can do, s...
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September
23,
2015
Tori Pence has loved music since she was 7 years old when her grandfather gifted her with her first guitar. But it wasn’t until she was admitted to Cook Children’s that her passion for music flourished. In October of 2012, at the age of 16, Tori w...
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September
23,
2015
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Cook Children's began this year's #erasekidcancer campaign for Children's Awareness Month with a ceremonial 1kwalk.  Fifth grader Luke Lange, who’s in remission for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stepped up to the podium and lowered the mic...
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September
23,
2015
The Cook Children's Hematology and Oncology Center works every day on medical treatments and research to help make the blood disorders and cancers that affect children and teens, disappear. Here are some of our efforts to #erasekidcancer: ...
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May
15,
2015
​No child enjoys going to a doctor’s office and getting blood drawn, but at some point it’s going to happen. A Child Life specialist at Cook Children’s has written this blog on tips from her line of work that you can use to help your child the next t...
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April
08,
2015
Taylor Helland, 18, has undergone colon cancer three times since the age of 14. She explains why the Cook Children's Adolescent Young Adult cancer program is important to her. ...
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