Overcoming Physical & Emotional Challenges in Pursuit of Passion

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our co-hosts Greg and Roxanne are joined by Deja Young, a 23-year-old track and field athlete who was born with shoulder dystocia that caused substantial nerve damage. As a college athlete, Deja learned of the Paralympic Games, set a goal for herself, and in […]

4 Resources for Siblings of Kids with Chronic Illnesses

When a child is diagnosed, the entire family is affected. While their parents shift into “survival mode,” it’s the siblings of kids with chronic illnesses that often get overlooked. I remember the day that we learned of my daughter’s cancer. Even though we were surrounded by friends and family, I’ve never felt so alone. There […]

Recovery is a Process: 5 Tips for Maximizing Post-Traumatic Growth

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our co-hosts Greg and Roxanne sit down with Deena, a psychotherapist whose daughter Nomi was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10 in 2014. Listen to Deena’s interview. Deena shares the story of how Nomi’s life was saved by her older sister Maya and how […]

Navigating Post-Treatment: 10 Scholarships for Cancer Survivors

My daughter is a childhood cancer survivor. Navigating life post-treatment has been its own journey. November marks our 7-year anniversary of our daughter, Aleyna, being declared NED (no evidence of disease) from her first-grade battle with Wilm’s Tumor. This milestone has been especially nostalgic for me as I send my youngest daughter off to the […]

Resources for Families Dealing with the Emotional Impacts of a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

  Kumiko is here to share the story of how she and her son both found happiness while struggling with the overwhelming news of his cancer diagnosis. As parents, patients, and doctors focus on his treatment, the emotional health of the family often gets overlooked. Kumiko discusses how she recognized the signs of depression in […]

5 Parenting Affirmations to Live By

Perhaps I am just in the middle of a really hard season, or maybe the weight of being the mother of a child with a rare genetic disease is taking a toll on me? Either way, life seems to be moving at intensely fast speeds and hauling the weight of a semi. Managing chaos has […]

A Family’s Journey With Childhood Cancer Recurrence

The key to happiness, when confronted with adversity, is to remain optimistic and positive. In fact, our guests this week believe so strongly in the benefits of positivity that Radwa, along with her sister-in-law, Shereen, founded a non-profit called Create A Smile, which focuses on the power of a smile by crafting tailor-made experiences to […]

How Art Works as Therapy for Children Fighting Illnesses

Battling a chronic illness is a challenge in itself, but adding in social expectations and changes to your physical and emotional state during an age where everything is exposed online – this adds a whole new element of pressure. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this week’s interview discusses the emotional and social impact […]

CoachArt Infographic: 6 Reasons to “Go Gold” for Kids With Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and, in observation, The UpBeat is going gold. Here are 6 reasons why you should too!

Resources to Help Deal With the Emotional Strain of Your Child’s Diagnosis

As we kick-off pediatric cancer awareness month, our co-hosts Greg and Roxanne sit down with their very special guest Marc — Roxanne’s husband. Marc opens up about what it was like to be there for their daughter Aleyna’s cancer diagnosis when she was 6 years old. He also shares stories of their ensuing cancer fight and gives […]

Navigating Parenthood When Your Child Has a Rare Genetic Disease

What I had envisioned to be a relaxing soak after a really hard week, turned into a sob-fest. The ten minutes of peace, alone in my tub, was the only solo time I had to myself; the only time I had to think and process the chaos. Sometimes, it’s just too much – the daily […]

Tips to Alleviate Back-to-School Anxiety

Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents. While there is so much to look forward to – learning, exploring and making new friends – this time of year can also harbor anxiety for kids with chronic illnesses. Depending on your child’s exact diagnosis, there are proactive steps you can take to […]