For children:

Welcome to this page of poetry. I hope that you'll like the poems I wrote. I wanted to find a way to help kids with medical problems know how to talk about them to their classmates, so I thought that silly poetry might work. Now spending a lot of time talking in rhymes is not particularly good for anybody's mental health, but poetry has a way of teaching without making a big deal out of it, and so I gave it a stab. I hope that you'll let me know what you think of them.

bumpy bonesMy bumpy bones: multiple hereditary exostoses

I'm so sweet: diabetes poemI'm so sweet: diabetes

leukemia and meLeukemia and me: leukemia

breathe in, breathe out: asthma poemBreathe in, breathe out: asthma

breathe in, breathe out: asthma poemAbout Moebius

For grownups:

DMD poem for parentsReflections on Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: March 11, 2005