Vital Signs newsletter: Glenburn teacher supports student through cancer fight

Victoria Grotton, a pre-kindergarten teacher in Glenburn, has gone out of her way to support her student, Ellie LaBree, following the child’s diagnosis with a rare eye tumor. When Ellie had to miss school, Grotton brought out a toy stuffed monkey that she put in Ellie’s place, taking pictures of the monkey painting in art class or reading a book and sending the photos to Ellie. She read books to the children about cancer and had Ellie’s classmates make cards for her. When Ellie started losing her hair and wore a hat to school, Grotton gave every child in the class a hat so Ellie wouldn’t be alone.

‘She makes these kids a part of her life’: Penobscot County teacher of the year supports student through cancer fight

Other top health stories this week:

Maine agency drops plan requiring disclosure of formaldehyde in children’s products

AUGUSTA, Maine — Manufacturers can continue selling children’s products in Maine without disclosing which items contain the cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde under a new Maine Department of Environmental Protection decision.

Mount Desert Island nurses to hold vigil to protest ‘declining resources at Maine hospitals’

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital planned to hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest what they say are declining resources at hospitals throughout Maine. A labor union representing the nurses in contract talks with the hospital said cuts are affecting patient safety and services at hospitals in Bar Harbor and throughout the state.

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Sarah Cottell, Housewife Plus

An open letter to the nurses at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center

You don’t know that as a mother it fills me with dread to have to see you. And you don’t know that when I finally arrive with the weight of fear it is your smiling faces that ease my anxiety.

Diane Atwood, Catching Health

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

“It’s estimated that 75 percent of Lyme disease cases are contracted within 100 feet of the house.”
From the source

A new statewide survey reveals that Maine parents who believe their teens are underage drinkers are more likely to take steps to protect them from using alcohol. But some parents are still in the dark: 25 percent suspected their child had ever downed an alcoholic drink, but 54 percent of teens say they have. For the full report, click here.





Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.