Navigating the twists and turns: How we helped our daughter manage scoliosis

It was nearly three years ago, but I still remember the day. Our pediatrician’s nurse called to tell me that Mary, my oldest daughter, had scoliosis. I remember feeling scared and very emotional. I actually was in tears at one point. It was hard to imagine what the future might hold.

Fast forward to 2012, and I realize that call was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride. Now I really don’t like rollercoasters, but thanks to the specialists at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the ride actually has been OK. As a family, we’ve learned to handle the ups …Click here to continue reading

My advice for kids living with scoliosis: Just be yourself

My name is Mary, and I have scoliosis. I was diagnosed with it a few years ago. I wear my brace during the day now, but I used to wear one at night. Wearing a brace has affected my life in many ways, but don’t worry. You can still be the same you even with scoliosis.

I’m 14 years old and a freshman at Hampshire High School, in Hampshire, Ill. Let me tell you a little about myself. I love to read, and I love cats. I have one cat named C.C., and she is the cutest thing ever!

During this past school year, I got a daytime brace. Don’t be afraid to tell your teachers and …Click here to continue reading

Why the right throwing skills are important for young athletes

Baseball is known as America’s pastime. There’s a small park close to my house, and sometimes I can hear people cheering during games. It’s great to hear them out there having fun.

I played baseball growing up too. When we’d get worn down, our coach might say things like, “No pain, no gain, or just tough it out!” Today young athletes are more serious about competition than ever before. As a pediatric sports medicine specialist, I often tell kids and …Click here to continue reading

Why one Kenosha girl is writing a letter to Michelle Obama on behalf of every child in Wisconsin

No one can tell the stories of children’s hospitals better than the patients and families that we serve. Every year, the Children’s Hospital Association hosts Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

This year, Claire Bevec, from Kenosha, Wis., is taking her story to Washington, D.C. She will join nearly 30 other child patients and their families from across the country to ask Congress to protect health care for children. National health care programs our kids rely …Click here to continue reading

For adults with congenital heart disease, Herma Heart Center is the best place for specialized care

Thanks to major advances in treating congenital heart disease, more than 90 percent of all children born with heart defects will survive to adulthood. This is a major success story in the medical world and has resulted in a new group of adults with congenital heart disease.

There are more than 1 million adults with congenital heart disease living in the U.S., of which about 15,000 live in Wisconsin. While many are doing well, these adults — regardless of their current condition — are at risk for unique health problems. For this …Click here to continue reading

Thanks for your generosity and support

Last week we raised $1.3 million during the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital. The generosity I witnessed during this year’s radiothon was inspiring. I want to thank everyone that made a donation during the radiothon, and all the patients and families that participated by sharing their stories of hope, recovery and healing.

Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH did an amazing job broadcasting live from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. If you listened during the radiothon, you know how …Click here to continue reading

Why kids with ACL injuries need special treatment

It’s already been a tough spring for the Brewers, with two players lost for the season to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Knee injuries are just as frustrating for young athletes. One of the first things my patients often say to me is, “When can I play again?”

The ACL is the ligament that helps keep the knee stable. It’s one of the four main ligaments in the knee joint that connect it to the shin bone, known as the tibia, and thigh bone …Click here to continue reading

Volunteers give so much to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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Kim is all smiles at a Packer pride party with Miranda, one of our volunteers.

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we recognize the time and talents of our volunteers as gifts. Our entire staff appreciates that each volunteer contributes something special to our organization and the well-being of our patients.

In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, I encourage you to watch the following video and meet just a few of the many great volunteers helping our patients. …Click here to continue reading

When words fail, art therapy helps patients and their families

The language of art is colorful, messy, sometimes loud and sometimes quiet. The language of art extends beyond thinking into feeling, giving voice to the unspeakable. For families with a hospitalized child, the unspeakable can be overwhelming, painful, heartbreaking, worrisome and unfathomable.

As an art therapist, I have the opportunity to utilize my unique skill set, creativity, and the art process to bridge a seemingly insurmountable gap between hospitalization and home. I meet families in their time of crisis, when …Continue reading this post

Video: Winter Carnival at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin creates cool memories for kids

It’s officially winter and what better way to kick off the season than with a winter carnival! Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s first-ever Winter Carnival gave our patients and their families a cool experience despite being in the hospital during the holidays. Our lobby was magically transformed into a winter wonderland, where families got to experience the spirit of the holidays.

Watch the following video to see how winter-themed …Continue reading this post