Steelers Aaron Smith's Son has Leukemia

Smith's son, Elijah, who turned 5 Dec. 6, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia -- a cancer of the white blood cells -- a few days before the Steelers played the New York Giants Oct. 26. The disease has an 80 percent survival rate, the doctors told Smith and his wife, Jaimie. They are encouraged about Elijah because he has responded well to once-a-week chemotherapy treatments and his follow-up blood tests have been good.

Back to School Shopping with a Cause

I get tired of the same seven colors of folders and notebooks. By the time I have bought all three of my girls back to school notebooks, I am so tired of flowers, Miley Cyrus and primary colors I could scream. That’s part of why I love Carolina Pad – they have always offered great customer service and awesome designs, but now I’m even a bigger fan than before.

Social Security Resources

The chief resource in this category is the Social Security Handbook, 13th edition. On the Web at http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ handbook/ssa-hbk.htm. Other, more specific SSA bulletins include:

Social Security: What You Need To Know When You Get Disability Benefits (6/96; Pub. No. 05-10153)

Social Security Disability Programs (5/96; Pub. No. 05-10057)

A Guide to Social Security and SSI Disability Benefits for People with HIV Infection (6/95; Pub. No. 05-10020)

Strategies to deal with chemo-induced taste changes

First published in Oncology Nursing Forum last March, Self-Care Strategies to Cope with Taste Changes After Chemotherapy is an informative research study directed towards continuing education for nurses but it addresses chemo's effect on taste among lymphoma patients and offers some great tips on how to others have dealt with the problem.

For Lymphoma Survivors, Birthdays aren’t Just Another Day

I love, love, love this idea. Well, I love birthdays – mine and everyone else’s. The American Cancer Society wants to remind us that "Happy Birthday" is a victory song, because a world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays. And that's definitely something to celebrate.

More than 11 million Americans who have survived cancer—and countless others who have avoided it—will celebrate a birthday this year, thanks to the progress we're making together to help people stay well and get well, to find cures, and fight back.

Lymphoma Survivor Getaway Give-away!

Go into the draw to win a relaxing weekend getaway at Hangawera Lodge in Morrinsville www.hangaweralodge.co.nz.
The Leukaemia & Blood Foundation has received this lovely gift and we would like to offer survivors of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition a chance to win a relaxing break in the country.

This $500 package includes:

Need a Note Card?

Don’t look any further. Imagine Note Cards are correspondence cards and are a fabulous addition to your writing desk at home. These cards are perfect for writing a thank you note after a party, or after someone has sent you a gift.

The Gift of Music

Make a joyful noise is on a mission is to reach out to children with life threatening, chronic, and terminal illnesses who have a dream of playing a musical instrument without the means of obtaining one. Music plays a fundamental role in healing and education and strive to become the number one resource for health challenged children with musical interests and needs. If you have ANY old instruments sitting around for whatever reason, please consider "spreading hope through the joy of music" by donating them to our cause.

Get Help, or Donate to a Family in Need

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in the honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a very special young man who developed leukemia while a member of the football team at Boston College. Tom Coughlin was inspired by the courage, compassion and faith he and his family demonstrated during the course of his illness. Coughlin witnessed first hand the financial and emotional struggles the family suffered through and vowed to help people in the same situation if he ever had the opportunity.

Share Your Story

“My father's peaceful death came as a result of his family's commitment to see that he was well-cared for at home. The hospice professionals were with us every step of the way and helped us cope. Caring for my father, even with the help of professionals, was the most difficult thing I have ever done. My sister and I devoted ourselves to his care for those 29 days, but neither of us has any regrets. We know we did the right thing.”

Many families and friends have powerful stories to share.

Tell your lymphoma story in 500 wds for LA Times's "MY TURN" column.