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June 29, 2007 / milesandhisfavorites

Never Judge a Disease By Its Medicine

Today we’re going to focus on something that’s a little more serious than some of these other entries.  Today we’re going to be talking about a serious disease that we are still trying to find a cure for.   Do you know what I’m talking about?  That’s right — cancer.

Now, you know those happy cells that know when they should stop doubling.  But cancer cells keep doubling unstoppably.  Here is a picture of cancer cells:


It seems bad, but cancer is not contagious.  That means it can’t be spread to other people.  Many people get cancer each year.   There are different kinds of cancer.  There’s lung cancer and brain tumors and many more.  When people go to the hospital, their treatment doesn’t always go as well as you’d think. 

Now, from the title of this blog entry, Never Judge A Disease By Its Medicine, it tells you that the disease cancer does not give hair loss.  It’s actually the treatment, it’s called chemotherapy (Kee-mo-ther-uh-pee).  Mouth sores are another therapy problem.  It can also cause you to, well, kinda gross, vomit.  You know, throw up. 

But one of the hopes is, well, get this, lemonade stands!   In fact, Alex’s Lemonade Stand is one of the most famous. Our class had a lemonade stand and we raised $700, which was $200 more than our goal! Shall I do the math or shall you? Okay, that means our goal was $500. It was pretty exciting, too. Anyone who brought in a donation could have a cup of lemonade from a stand that we had in the cafeteria at lunchtime.

Here is a picture of Alex’s Lemonade.  Eli says, “I like Alex’s Lemonade Stand!”

If your friend has cancer there are three ways you can still be friends with them.  First, you can visit them.  Then, you can mail letters to them.  Or you can email them.  

Anyway, next time, prepare to see crabs, planes and, well, you know, sand dunes.  Next entry is going to be about the Outer Banks of North Carolina! 

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  1. crt / Jun 29 2007 2:54 am

    What a great entry– and you are so right about supporting your friends when they are sick! It’s well, friendly, and it means so much to folks!

    Good job Miles!

    Your friend from AAP,
    crt

  2. Rachel / Jun 29 2007 3:55 am

    Hi Miles,

    I think it’s awesome that you and your classmates ran a lemonade stand and made more than your goal. You and your class must have worked very hard to do that.

    Your tips for helping friends who have cancer are very intelligent, too. You’re right that it’s important to be friends with them in a lot of ways.

    Have fun in North Carolina!

    Your friends in Melbourne,
    Rachel and Jessica

    PS: Jessica says “Hi for Miles and Elias!”

  3. Paul Acampora / Jun 29 2007 5:07 pm

    Hi Miles!
    My Mom has had cancer a bunch of times. You’re right about the treatments. They can be pretty rough. My Mom — who is fine and healthy now — agrees with you that friends and family are what make the medicine go down more easily. Since we know people in my family have had cancer in the past, my sister and I go for regular checkups. Those are not always fun either, but they’re sure a lot better then getting sick. Congratulations on the awesome lemonade stand. You’re really helping people when you do good work like that. We’re looking forward to hearing about planes, crabs and sand dunes too! All the best to you and your family!!!!
    Paul, Debbie, Nicholas & Gabrielle

  4. Aunt Beth / Jun 29 2007 6:49 pm

    Mr. Miles:
    What an awesome entry! You know your aunt helps to take care of many of those kids here at our Children’s Hospital, and what you have done is very special. The main thing is, these kids want to be just like other kids, so that is important to remember
    Have a super time with your cousin Gabi! She is excited to see ya at the beach!
    Yer Aunt Beth

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