More Than OK

Jenkintown resident and breast cancer survivor Kerri Conner writes a kids’ book about having cancer; has her name featured on the PECO building in Philadelphia

Most Americans have been touched in some way by breast cancer, but what one Jenkintown woman has done with her story is truly remarkable.

Kerri Conner was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer when she was 33 years old, and in a circle of fate, the diagnosis occurred on the 10-year anniversary of her mother’s previous breast cancer diagnosis.

Knowing what it took for her own mother to conquer the disease, Conner began to think of ways that she could prepare her 2-year-old daughter for the changes that were about to take place.

Pulling from experience, Conner decided to write a children’s book, which she titled “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer But She Is OK”.

“I wrote the book because when I was diagnosed, I was trying to find something educational that I could read to my daughter that would explain why I wouldn’t be able to do some of the things that I used to do with her,” Conner said.  “It was a way to explain things in a non-scary way.  I knew that I was getting ready to go through a bunch of changes because I had previously seen them when my mother was diagnosed.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Mom’s Book Helps Kids Cope with Breast Cancer

Written by Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.comThursday, 27 October 2011 12:11

When Kerri Conner’s mother developed breast cancer, the disease was a taboo subject.

“I was 19, 20. We didn’t talk about it at all,” Conner said. “When she lost her hair, we acted like we didn’t even notice it.”

What Conner did learn, however, was that there was a family trait for breast cancer, and she started having mammograms at age 29. Most women don’t start until age 40.

Her foresight saved her life. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33.

Conner didn’t want her daughter – who was just two at the time – to have the bewildering experience of seeing her mother’s looks change without some sort of acknowledgement. So the CPA turned first-time author wrote “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is OK!” a children’s book designed to explain breast cancer, the fatigue and the hair loss that come with treatment in terms a young child can understand. The book also is intended to reassure children who see their mothers in pain or fatigued as they undergo treatment that it is all part of the recovery process. Read full article at Black America Web Read the rest of this entry »

Latest Campaign News; My Mommy has Breast Cancer, But She is OK; Lalah Hathaway

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and although more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year, many parents are challenged with sharing the experience with their kids. Keri Conner, a breast cancer survivor, wrote the children’s bookMy Mommy has Breast Cancer, But She is OK, after her own experience with the disease. She tells us more about her experience and the book.

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Daniel Rubin: Survivor’s children’s book tackles breast cancer

By Daniel Rubin Inquirer Columnist

There’s a scene in Kerri Conner’s children’s book that’s ripped from real, raw life.

By the third chemo treatment, her thick, black hair had started coming out in clumps, so she asked her father to shave her head with his clippers.

That afternoon in the summer of 2008, she drove to the Meadowlane Montessori School in Jenkintown for pickup, and the thought came to mind that her daughter, 2 1/2-year-old Madison, would see her and scream.

But when the girl ran to her, she said, “Mommy, I like your haircut.” Conner was so stunned she didn’t have to fight back the tears that have welled up every time she’s thought about that moment since.

“I believe our children do try to protect us,” she said.

She spent the next year thinking about how to repay the favor. [Read at Inquirer] Read the rest of this entry »

Maddie Movement featured on Philly fun 4 kids!

I have a confession to make…

I recently attended the Happy & Healthy Mom Fair which was a fantastic day – I met lots of wonderful people, made some really exciting connections, got a makeover, got a massage, enjoyed a free VIP swag bag, AND I met a sleep consultant who has already been to my house to help out with the insane sleep issues going on (great job to Karla of BellyButtonBotique andBefore During and After Doula Services for organizing such a super mommy event!).

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Maddie Movement featured on CBS 3

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An Elkins Park mom has written a book that has sparked a movement to help children understand what’s happening when their parents are going through crises.

Kerry Conner is the author of “My Mommy has Breast Cancer, but She is OK,” a book she wrote while she was undergoing her own battle with the disease:

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Maddie Movement featured on Frugal Philly Mom

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Kerri Conner and her family at the Happy and Healthy Moms Fair at the Please Touch Museum. With our booths next to each other I listened to her speak about her inspiring story battling breast cancer and how she’s using her experience to make a difference.

Conner wrote “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Ok” with the purpose of inspiring young mothers with breast cancer, as well as their young children, to continue the fight. Readers join the main character Maddie and her mother as they embark on the journey from diagnosis to recovery.

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Maddie Movement – Scoop Magazine

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My Mommy featured on AroundPhilly

Author Hosts Events To Turn Kids Into Champions Against Breast Cancer
Kerri Conner, author of the book, My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Ok as well as the founder of the Maddie Movement will be hosting several events during October to teach children ages 2-12 a basic understanding of the disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Spirit Community News – “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is Ok”

Published | Wed, Oct 20, 2010

Author Visits Richmond Library tomorrow, Thursday, October 21

By Melissa Krupa | [read full article]

Kerri Marie Conner is a certified public accountant. Recently, however, Conner branched out beyond the economic realm, becoming both author and advocate. At age 35, she is receiving treatment for advanced stage breast cancer. While life has not been easy since being diagnosed, Conner has turned her experience into one of hope and inspiration – in her first book, “My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She is Ok,” and also in the creation of the Maddie Movement.

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