|These narratives were submitted by teens and edited for publication on Band-Aides. Parents and the experts below gave permission for pictures, e-mail links and stories. I think that you'll learn, as I did, that these are normal kids who've been growing up in some quite unusual and often 'abnormal' situations because of their medical problems. Many of them have become experts in dealing with diagnostic tests, repeated hospitalizations, complex medication regimes and multiple surgeries. All of them have a lot to teach the world about kindness and courage and coping. Thanks for letting them tell you their stories.|
An adventure in mountain climbing
Rebecca, sports and the letter S
Alexis the webmaster
Adam and his pipes
Katie and the mystery disease
Dani and Rett Syndrome
Heather and her determination
Megan: matters of the heart
Laura: bone marrow and me
Georgianna hates kidney stones
Liz: A story about AVM and me
Emmah copes with a bipolar disorder
Natalie and her "mild" package
Joe the explorer and his "A" words
Stephanie: the Energizer bunny
Lily and the pumping brigade
Kelly: my illness has a name
Jayme's got a lot to say
Nava is one in about 14,000!
Rachel: It's always something
Tonia: Biceps and a smile!
Betsy and the injury that just won't go away
Shannon explains the hardest part
Jen, the queen of operations
Jackie, who will be finding a cure
Marina...against all odds
Ashley's coping with body aches and pains
Lacey, her life is an open book
Jamie and her puzzling skin problem
Amity's got wheels
Kelly wants to be a pediatrian
Oriana is filled with 'Splender'
Lindsay and her alphabet soup
Sophie: all about her battle scars
Jenny defines herself as Big Ben
Minna's got wheels, too!
Megan's an honor student
Bethany wishes upon stars
Christina is a biology whiz!
Litaya loves to laugh
Beyond Heather's heart
Lauren's fed up with all the niggly little problems
Chantal copes with a "stupid syndrome"
Matt, his pets and his peeves
Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468
updated: August 7, 2006