Look Different? Feel Different?
*Coping with Illness?*
Take a break to meet some other kids 

The Starbright Organization has prepared a series of "videos with attitude".They're designed to help teens and preteens understand what it's like to be ill and hospitalized. The three currently available for kids  with serious medical problems (and their parents) are "What am I-Chopped Liver?: Communicating with Your Doctor", "Plastic Eggs or Something!?: Cracking Hospital Life", and "Back to School".  These videos show teens discussing their strategies and solutions for living with serious medical illnesses and for coping with hospitalization and returns back to school. The teens in the films are actual patients, not actual actors, yet their enthusiastic participation in lively discussions of the issues is Oscar caliber. They've 'been there', 'done that', and are interested in making  the hospital journey and return to school an easier one for you. It's nice to know that you aren't alone, isn't it?

These videos are*free* for you! Just Call 
800/315-2580 extension 3 to order

And if you have diabetes, you qualify for a free CD-ROM game about how to handle it all. Just call the same number and tell them who you are!

800/315-2580, extension 3

And here's a page where you can order any of the following videos...for free... if you happen to have these medical conditions (sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis or kidney disease) or if you need blood tests, medical imaging, IVs, bone marrow aspirations & biopsies or spinal taps. 

Ah, a brand new goodie from Starbright, an asthma CD-ROM Game: Quest for the Code!  Cool, huh? Give them a call and order your free copy! Available in English and Spanish, it features an all-star celebrity cast, and includes a Parent Guide. 800/315-2580, extension 3

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

Last updated: March 2, 2008