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Mental Health Mondays – “Navigating Mental Health in SWFL Schools”

View Upcoming Sessions "Navigating Mental Health in SWFL Schools" On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Mental Health Navigators Peggy Jugmahansingh, Joseph R. Craig, Jeannine Sparkes and Richard Keelan, Child Advocacy Supervisor for Golisano Children’s Hospital discussed “Navigating Mental Health in SWFL Schools,” specifically the Mental Health Navigator program. View the Live Segment What do Mental Health Navigators (MHN) do? Mental Health Navigators relate one-on-one with families on mental health challenges Each navigator has had his/her own experience with mental health issues with [...].

Barbara’s Friends Stories – Lilly Bendell

For brand-new parents, it can be hard to tell the difference between a “normal” symptom and a dangerous one. But when Laura Bendell noticed pinprick-sized spots on her baby girl’s eyes, her mother’s intuition fired on all cylinders. The medical community refers to these blotches as petechiae, or round discolorations that appear on the skin as a result of bleeding. While these can be a symptom of various common health issues, they can also be an early warning sign [...].

Barbara’s Friends Stories – Emma Lockhart

Breaking your arm is practically a rite of passage during childhood. So, when seven-year-old Emma Lockhart ran to her parents complaining of severe pain, they assumed she’d fractured a bone and acted accordingly. After a quick visit to her doctor, the family received crushing news of another kind: Emma had acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL. This rapidly advancing cancer forms in the spongy tissue of the bone marrow, where blood cells are made. Instead of creating mature cells, the [...].

Barbara’s Friends Stories – Christian Nieto

While most schoolchildren spend their free time daydreaming about recess, running between classes or chatting by their lockers, Christian Nieto has spent most of his childhood fighting to make it through another day. Christian has been battling familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) since the tender age of three. According to the National Institutes of Health, FAP is a rare condition in which precancerous tumors, or adenomas, develop in the intestines. A hereditary condition, patients who do not undergo treatments have [...].

Barbara’s Friends Stories – Gabriel Bateham

When Gabriel Bateham became alarmingly unwell at the tender age of three, his family took him to HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. “His pediatrician did not like how he was breathing and had a fever, but there was no Golisano Children’s Hospital at that time,” recalled Gabriel’s mother, Sarah. “His first two weeks were at the hospital,” she continued. “They thought he had pneumonia, so they treated him with a steroid, decadron. Decadron is used as chemo for [...].

Barbara’s Friends Stories – Juan Carlos Frenes-Lopez

Juan Carlos Frenes-Lopez is a real hero. Diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) just two weeks after his third birthday, Juan Carlos and his family have been through a tough, three-year battle with childhood cancer at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Located in Fort Myers, Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only facility of its kind between Miami and Tampa for pediatric services and oncology. That’s where Luli Lopez, the mother of Juan Carlos, took her son for his [...].

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