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How Do Wishes Granted To Very Sick Kids Affect their Health?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Tara Haelle

www.npr.org, 11/20/18

 

Tiffany Rowe, a 46-year-old life coach in the San Francisco Bay area, still remembers how it felt as a teenager to be hoisted onstage to dance with Michael Jackson during his Bad concert tour.

 

She was 15 and recovering from an excruciating round of treatment for severe idiopathic aplastic anemia — basically total bone marrow failure.

 

She had met Jackson in his greenroom before the concert, but she had been told that dancing with him — her real wish — wouldn't be possible.

 

Until it was.

 

"I was in front of all of those people, and I could hear the roar, and I was calm," she recalls. "I was doing what I wished to do. I felt exactly the way I needed to feel, at home and confident in my body. There had been part of me that felt pretty betrayed by my body, and I felt very at peace in my own skin again."

 

The moment was transformative for Rowe, who credits the experience with aiding her recovery. A study published in the journal Pediatric Research suggests her experience may not be unique.

 

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