Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine is listed in the Pediatricians category in Bellmore, New York. Displayed below are the social networks for Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine which include a Facebook page and a Twitter account. The activity and popularity of Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine on these social networks gives it a ZapScore of 68.

Contact information for Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine is:
2016 Newbridge Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 409-8800

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Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has an overall ZapScore of 68. This means that Bellmore Merrick Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has a higher ZapScore than 68% of all businesses on Zappenin. For reference, the median ZapScore for a business in Bellmore, New York is 32 and in the Pediatricians category is 43. Learn more about ZapScore.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each week we are highlighting survivors and sharing their story. With every SHARE of this post, Allied will be donating $5 to @SunriseDayCamp. Below is the story of sweet baby girl Tara, written by her mother. “1-in-a-Million” ..those are the odds for being diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma - a very rare type of pediatric liver cancer. For us, that was our daughter’s diagnosis at 4 months old. Our seemingly normal and healthy daughter had a mass growing off of her liver that was discovered by Dr. Jennifer Shaer at Peconic Pediatrics during her 4 month well visit. I knew she felt something odd because she kept circling around and going back to the same spot on her abdomen. She knew it was not normal and, thankfully, trusted her instincts and training. Dr. Shaer sent us for an ultrasound later that day where they confirmed there was “a significant mass near her liver.” The next 3 days we spent in and out of the hospital getting blood drawn, Tara being put under anesthesia for a MRI, and meeting with pediatric oncologists and surgeons. Our whole world was completely turned upside in a matter of hours. Why her…why Tara?? I felt nauseous, and my head wouldn’t stop spinning from all the information being thrown at us. I did not know anything about Hepatoblastoma, but suddenly I had to learn enough to know that we needed a second opinion for surgery and treatment options for our daughter. I did NOT like what they were telling us. We needed to FIGHT to find the BEST surgeon and oncologists for our daughter - ones who have seen and treated and successfully removed this type of rare cancer. Her WHOLE LIFE depended on our decision!! I could not understand how we needed to give my 4-month-old baby chemo, she seemed perfectly healthy 3 days ago, what would it do to her tiny body?! Would it damage her organs? Would she be able to have kids later in life? Would having chemo so young increase her risk of developing secondary cancers? What are the side effects of the poison you’re going to pump through her tiny veins? What are our options? Is this even treatable? Will she die? Long story short, we went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC for a second opinion just 5 days after our well visit. The amazingly talented pediatric surgeon there, assured us that he could successfully remove the entire tumor prior to starting chemo even though it was close to major blood vessels. Their plan of action, confidence and way of explaining everything to us immediately, made us feel comfortable and confident that we were where we were supposed to be. They admitted us right then and did surgery 2 days later (just one week after Dr. Shaer found the tumor). You can imagine the emotional wreck I was, and continued to be for the next 3 months! Surgery went smoothly and the Doctor took wonderful care of our baby girl. He reassured us that “she is MY baby when she is in my O.R. and she will do great!” <> The tumor came out with clear margins and after 5 days in the ICU recovering, we were able to take Tara home, with her battle wounds and central line inserted for chemo. The next 3 months were spent going in and out of NYC from the North Fork of LI for weekly blood draws and/or chemo treatments. Three rounds of chemo total - consisting of Cisplatin, Vincristine and 5-fluorouracil (5FU). She lost her little baby hair and was nauseous here and there, but other than that Tara did GREAT with treatments. In hindsight, I’m so glad Dr. Shaer found this early. The things we saw and heard on the pediatric floor during our inpatient treatments are still with me today. You can’t un-see and un-hear those things. I don’t wish this on my worst enemy…but most of all, I don’t wish this on ANY CHILD. But guess what…kids are tough! Their tiny bodies rebound quicker than adults. So here we are 2 years later and Tara will be turning 3 in November! We still go into Sloan to be scanned and they monitor her AFP levels in her blood. They follow her for 5 years’ post treatment and then she will go into their “long-term survivorship program” …at 5 years old. Knock on wood, she is completely healthy and has no side effects from the chemo drugs. High end hearing loss is one of the concerns, but so far, she shows no signs of being affected. Time will tell with everything else. All we can do is continue to pray that everything will be alright. All our friends and family (and people we don’t even know personally) rallied in prayers and positive thoughts for us during Tara’s fight 2 years ago, clearly, they have worked! Just like the magic hands and warm smiles of all our doctors, nurses, PAs and staff workers, every little bit helped us get through this very rough time. So, we thank you all! Lessons learned: don’t take anything for granted; hug and kiss your kids every day; don’t skip well visits; find a doctor you love and trust; trust your own instincts!!