Medicine alone cannot heal a child’s heart

We believe that sick kids need to express their feelings, and to heal emotionally as well as physically.  That is why we created the Digging Deep Project—to empower children and teens facing serious health challenges to overcome the emotional burden of their illness or disability by helping them access their own inner strength to live with their health challenges.

Every young person working through significant health challenges has a story to tell.

Storytelling is a way to recover the voice that illness, diagnosis, and treatment have taken away.

Joanna Shapiro, MD

UC Irvine School of Medicine

Latest from the Digging Deep blog:

Dispelling Diabetes Stereotypes

When you think about diabetes instead of thinking about donuts and sugar, try to think about the 5 year old who just gave his first insulin shot, the hormonal middle schooler who has tried so hard just to fit it and is now learning to live with a life changing illness.

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About the Digging Deep Blog

Updated every Wednesday, the Digging Deep blog gathers voices of experts, survivors, parents, caregivers and patients to offer information and inspiration for everyone dealing with serious or chronic health conditions.

The Bright Side of Sickness

Five years ago, Nicole was diagnosed with Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, a rare congenital condition that results in chronic pain. Now she says the condition and a surgery to correct it have helped her “focus on the most important issue of all: humans being there for one another when they need it the most.”

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