Advocacy

Advocating for hope: Chehayla’s Doernbecher story

Ten years ago, Doernbecher patient Chehayla Hyatt was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Over the years, Chehayla and her family have dedicated their efforts to raising awareness about CF and its impact on patients and families. Below, Chehayla’s mom, Brianne, shares their powerful story. *** What is Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic Fibrosis, or CF as it’s often known, is caused by a defect in the CFTR gene. In people with CF, this gene causes a thick build-up … Read More

Laundry detergent packets: convenient or catastrophic?

If I could describe the emotion in one word surrounding my first pediatric ingestion admission, it would be fear. On all levels. We were admitting a 3-year-old male after he accidentally ingested a laundry detergent packet. There was fear of the complications, but most notable, there was fear of the unknown. The toxic effects of laundry packet ingestions at that time were minimally understood. This was a new phenomenon. And as a newly minted resident, … Read More

Marijuana safety

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU has seen a significant increase in the number of reported marijuana exposures in the past three years. To help ensure the safety of all Oregonians, the poison center has developed the following safety recommendations around marijuana products: Keep marijuana products out of the reach of children In Oregon, the use of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older. All marijuana products, medicinal or recreational, should be locked up … Read More

From patient to med student: Shira’s Doernbecher story

Below, Shira Einstein, a third-year medical student at the OHSU School of Medicine, shares her powerful Doernbecher story. Many of us who decide to go into the medical field do so bearing scars. Mine happens to be about 1-inch-long under my left collarbone, where a port-a-cath was placed nine years ago in order to administer my IV chemotherapy treatments. I was a freshman in high school when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stage 2A. … Read More

The battle of a lifetime

National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community. Below, Elaine Brockhage shares her Doernbecher story and how her diagnosis at age 12 continues to impact her life today. Cancer is something you fight. The patient himself fights. The patient’s family fights. The family’s friends fight. Even good Samaritan strangers join in the battle. When … Read More

The force is strong with this one: Justin’s Doernbecher story

Earlier this year, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients, family and employees were treated to a special visit from Star Wars characters from the Cloud City Garrison thanks to the hard work of 14-year-old Doernbecher patient Justin. Below, Justin’s mom, Joanna, shares her son’s story and why this project meant so much to their family. *** When he was only 3 years old, Justin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We had been noticing that he … Read More

Swimming in the NICU

The moment your child is admitted to the NICU, your life changes. Below, Megan explains how she stayed afloat in the NICU and shares some tips for other families who aren’t sure who or how to ask for help. *** The birth of our youngest son on June 20, 2014, marked the beginning of a 3-month stay at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Although a prenatal diagnosis meant we were expecting a stay in the NICU, … Read More

Preventing window falls: Tips to keep kids safe

Pediatricians often think of springtime as the beginning of “falling season.” Every year, 3,300 children younger than 6 fall from windows, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately eight of these falls will result in death. In support of National Window Safety Week — April 3 to 9 — the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is sharing tips to prevent window falls: Install it. Screens are not strong enough to … Read More

After baby: Supporting new moms when days are full of tears

This piece originally appeared on the KinderCare blog. It’s shared here with their permission.  Most parents will name the day their baby arrived in the world as one of their very best days of their lives. But what if mom doesn’t feel overwhelmed with joy? What if she finds herself crying a few times a day? What if she just can’t find the energy to get out of bed? And what if all of this makes her feel she’s … Read More

Give birth to hope by donating cord blood

Every minute a hero is born with the potential to save a life. The Oregon Cord Blood Program works to save the lives of thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma who are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant. Umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure. Donating your baby’s cord blood to a … Read More

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