By Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone

Adolescence mind & Spinal twine Tumors, the main whole mother or father consultant to be had, contains particular and certain scientific information regarding either benign and malignant mind and spinal twine tumors that strike youngsters and youngsters. moreover, it bargains day by day functional suggestion on the right way to take care of tactics, hospitalization, friends and family, college, social and monetary concerns, communique, emotions and, if treatment isn't really winning, the tricky problems with dying and bereavement. Woven one of the scientific information and the sensible recommendation are the voices of folks and youngsters who've lived with melanoma and its remedies. As many fogeys have already came upon, recommendation from "veteran" mom and dad could be a lifeline. acquiring a easy realizing of subject matters corresponding to scientific terminology, how medications paintings, universal unwanted effects of chemotherapy, and the way to paintings extra successfully with clinical team of workers can simply increase the standard of lifestyles for the entire kinfolk soreness in addition to their baby. Having mom and dad describe their very own emotional ups and downs, how they coped, and the way they molded their relations lifestyles round hospitalizations could be a super convenience. simply realizing that there are different young children on chemotherapy who refuse to consume whatever yet tacos or who've widespread rages could make one suppose much less on my own. mom and dad who learn this booklet will stumble upon clinical evidence easily defined, recommendation to ease their lifestyle, and instruments to be a powerful suggest for his or her baby. contains wide assets and a pull-out scientific record-keeper.

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We see through new eyes. Not all of it is good or happy, but it is profound. THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE 13 I treasure good friends like never before. I view life as much more fragile and precious than I used to. I think of myself as a tougher person than I was, but I cry more easily now. And sure, I still yell at my kids and eagerly await each September when they will be out of my hair for a few hours each day. But I hold them with more tenderness when they hop off the school bus into my arms. And I like to think that some of the people around us, who saw how suddenly and drastically a family’s life can change, hold their children a little dearer as well.

And the medications can cause their own side effects, like dull affect, behavior changes, and light sensitivity. Our neurologist’s office had a poster up about an epilepsy support group in the area, so I’ve been going to those. Parietal lobes Directly behind the frontal lobes and above the temporal lobes are the parietal lobes. The parietal lobes process all sorts of sensory information coming in from the body, including data about temperature, pain, and taste. The parietal lobes also control 18 CHAPTER 2: THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD Temporal lobe tumor Figure 2-2 .

During a seizure affecting the parietal lobe, strange physical sensations may be felt, such as a crushing pressure or a tingle in part of the body. Megan was 20 months old when we found out that she had an anaplastic ependymoma occupying the entire left occipital-parietal region of her brain (about half the size of her little head). For six to eight weeks, she had sporadic vomiting and crabbiness in the morning. By the time we’d arrive THE BRAIN 19 at the doctor’s office, she would be fine. Then she developed a right-sided tremor that was so strong it shook her whole body when she tried to use her right arm.

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