A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the book Chronicling Childhood Cancer: A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer has been published by Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. In this narrative collection, ten children and teens from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital use their own words and colorful drawings to share their personal experiences with cancer.
This diverse collection of patient stories provides insight into the unique lives of these individuals; some are recently diagnosed and undergoing treatment for cancer while others are in remission or have relapsed. These children and teens are honest and perceptive, their stories told with heartfelt emotion. The following excerpts are found in the book.
In a quiet, isolated corner of the waiting room, as he told me about his experiences with cancer, Jacob started to draw:
Ruben chose to have a conversation with me. Then, he took the blank storybook home to work on. This is what he wrote:
All of the proceeds received by the University of Michigan Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology for this book will be donated: 50% to the Block Out Cancer campaign for pediatric cancer research at the University of Michigan and 50% to the Child and Family Life Program at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Trisha Paul is a first year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Trisha graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in English with Honors along with minors in
Biochemistry and Medical Anthropology. Largely because of her volunteer experiences at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital, Trisha aspires to become a pediatric oncologist.