To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby’s Crap News – AKA My “Journey” With Cancer The Kindness of Strangers and Others I cut my hair. And then I cut it again. I can’t even remember the last time I wore my hair short – I don’t particularly like it short, but I know it’s going to fall out within weeks, so I wanted to feel some modicum of control over the process. (Or the illusion of control, anyway.)
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins, which are enlarged blood vessels, of the rectum. Pregnancy aggravates the problem of enlarged blood vessels due to blood volume expansion and the hormones that increase relaxation of the muscles. In late pregnancy, the weight of the uterus and the baby worsen hemorrhoids by increasing the pressure on the blood vessels. Hemorrhoids can either bulge out of the anus or stay inside the anal opening. You may not be able to get rid of hemorrhoids during pregnancy, but you can decrease their discomfort using a variety of techniques.
There is nothing more important to a sick child than having their loved ones close. Some families have to travel far to seek treatment for their child, and it’s difficult to find accommodations for long periods of time. Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a safe, comfortable place where families can rest. One military family found the strength they needed to help their child fight cancer at a Ronald McDonald House- and he won the battle! Here is his inspirational story.