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Z and the Cancer Meanie Paperback – August 17, 2011
About the Author
Hillary St.Pierre-Ford is a Registered Nurse, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patient, political advocate, writer, wife, and most importantly, mother to the real life “Z”— Xander. She received her BSN in Nursing from The College of New Rochelle only to be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 23. “Z and the Cancer Meanie” was written during her first bone marrow transplant to help explain cancer to her son. Hillary has chronicled her battle with cancer and health care on her blog: baldiesblog.blogspot.com, which was listed by The American Cancer Society among The Top Ten for patient written cancer resources, and is a contributing writer to “The Huffington Post.” She has advocated with The American Cancer Society, Citizens Health Alliance, and Working Families Win for improvements in healthcare and has contributed politically as a stakeholder for NH Department of Health’s Health Information Exchange working towards creating an electronic medical record system. She continues to battle lymphoma. Alexander “Xander” Ford was 2 when his mother was diagnosed with lymphoma. Trying to understand, he asked a lot of questions and made comments appearing in Z and the Cancer Meanie. Xander is now 8 years old. He still enjoys making up stories when he isn’t playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. He enjoys traveling and doing math. Chris LoParco is an illustrator, writer, cartoonist, and all around designer. His favorite roles, though, are being a husband and father. He graduated from School of Visual Arts with his BFA in Illustration and Cartooning, and is currently working as a footwear designer in Manhattan, NY.
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My 6yo loves lions, and that's why I bought the book. He's marginally interested in it, but I kept it because I'm just too tired to deal with sending it back. The other books I'd recommend instead are:
The Year My Mother Was Bald (a longer read, but good to put things in perspective)
Mom Has Cancer (Let's talk about it)
When your Mom Has Cancer: Helping Children Cope at Home and Beyond -definitely a top pick for me!
I really enjoyed this children's book. What a great way to introduce your younger children to cancer! I loved all of the suggestions for what to do when you can't spend time with a loved one and thought that the resources at the end of the book were great! I would recommend this book to anyone who has (or had) a family member with cancer. It's a great reminder of how the little things really do count :)