“Comfort measures” are the things we do to make a patient feel better. There is no cure or treatment for everything, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to help. You don’t have to be a patient to know that we all need strategies for feeling good! I find comfort and catharsis in writing, movies, exercise, music and meaningful connections with people and animals. How about you? All ages are welcome here!

Happy Camper

By Julia Siegel   “This is my favorite place in the whole wide world,” said Jessica*, age 8. She was talking about Camp Liberty, a camp for kids with skin diseases ranging from hair loss to severe blistering disorders. Jessica was born with a large red patch that covered half of her face and suppressed… Read More

We Are Rockstars & Superheroes

July 25, 2015. Overlooking the Prouty Garden at Children’s Hospital there was a gathering of greatness in the spirit of fun, openness and a willingness to share our superpower secrets. Our first Comfortable In Our Skin workshop: Rockstars & Superheroes. And after a year internal conflict about conflict of interest vs commitment (long story) and… Read More

Top 9 Tips for Dealing with Bullies

When you are being bullied, it’s easy to feel helpless, like you’re all alone with no way out. But as actor Will Smith has said, “There have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have–with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new… Read More

Jelly Shoes

Fitting In

I first realized my body was not “normal” when I was in preschool. I blame jelly shoes for shattering my positive body image. In the 1980s, there was this fad where all the young girls wore these plastic cutout ballet slippers, affectionately called “jellies.” They had pointy toes and sharp edges (despite being made of… Read More

What You May Not Know about Indoor Tanning

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! The Darker Side of Indoor Tanning When I was in high school, all the popular senior girls went indoor tanning. While the rest of us fair skinned kids spent the gloomy winter months slowly growing paler to the point of translucency, these popular girls seemed to become more vibrant… Read More

Remembering Memorial Day

At 8am a few days ago I was jogging through the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common and feeling happy that I live in such a beautiful city. Physical movement, deep breathing, and all the spring colors around me made for an especially life-affirming moment. George Washington was surveying tulips and roses standing at attention, perhaps searching… Read More

Resilience: Giving your demons the Big Boot

Resilience through Community Involvement

Volunteering and advocating for a cause you believe in is a great way to make you a more resilient person. Have you found something that you love doing that also helps make your community a better place? Feel free to share on the Community page! Don’t worry if you haven’t! If you want to be… Read More

Resilience: Giving your demons the Big Boot

What is Resilience?

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela, from his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, published in 1994. Resilience is the ability to adapt and recover from difficult life experiences. Resilient kids are able to “bounce back,” as they say. How do you cope? … Read More

Hello, World!

I’m so excited that this website and blog are finally a reality! The initial feedback I’m getting is very positive, and I’m so proud and honored to have recruited some amazing, enthusiastic people to the CIOS mission. Can we count you in? You may be wondering, what’s this “Be Who You Are” stuff? How can… Read More

I Am The Illustrated Woman

Hello! I have reflected, written, and rewritten this first Comfort Measures blog entry too many times to count. How do I introduce myself to the world, share my knowledge, experiences and opinions while maintaining a focus on helping children and young adults? How do I describe the way my life choices and sense of identity… Read More