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Posts by Laura DeKraker Lang-Ree

Caregiver, ALL

Facing the Unseen Challenges of Survivorship with Positivity

by Laura DeKraker Lang-Ree April 13, 2023

My daughter, Cecilia, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) at the tender age of three, and just like that, my world (and hers) was turned upside down. In an instant, I became not only her attentive Mama but a ferocious Caregiver—two very different jobs.


Don’t Be a Hero (You Already Are)

by Laura DeKraker Lang-Ree January 21, 2022

Your child was just diagnosed with cancer, and my heart goes out to you. Diagnosis day is a day forever imprinted in your soul — “D-Day” in our house: January 6th, 1999. I’ll never forget that wash of shock, fear, and utter paralysis when our daughter’s oncologist called us at home with the news: Cecilia had leukemia.


Toolbox Tips for Establishing Your New Normal

by Laura DeKraker Lang-Ree July 19, 2021

When our three and a half year old little girl was diagnosed with ALL we had all of those feelings. Overwhelm. Denial. Despair at the three years of treatment and five years of follow up ahead of us.


Establishing Your New Normal

by Laura DeKraker Lang-Ree February 22, 2021

Establishing New Boundaries: From years of observing the interactions between my daughter, dad and their families, friends and medical team, I learned that it’s paramount for patients and/or their caregivers to establish personal boundaries around the way they are treated with both words and actions.