Dr. Felicia Williams-McGowan has taken her experience as a child growing up with kidney disease to help educate children with the disease from a child’s perspective. It’s easier for children to cope with kidney disease or any illness when they know what’s going on with their bodies. Through her research, she discovered that there was a lot of information educating adults about kidney disease but very little educating children.
As a school counselor for Kindergarten thru 5th grade students, Dr. Williams-McGowan created “Hattie’s Journey”. The book is a story about a little girl getting a second chance at life after a kidney transplant. This book is base on her own experience and the things she went through with dialysis to help them cope.
As a child growing up with kidney disease, she has experience all the fear and uncertainty that all children experience with this disease. She was diagnosed with kidney failure as a child and was given one of her mother’s kidney at the age of 13 years old.
Cartoons, Movies, Dolls, I want it all.
Currently, she has three books on the market, the “Hattie’s Journey” reading book and two activity books. The “Hattie’s Journey” reading book has an accompanying coloring activity book. The second “Hattie’s Journey” activity book chronicles Hattie’s journey as she becomes a teen in high school having concerns as to whether her kidney will continue to work.
In the future, Dr. Williams-McGowan hopes to turn “Hattie’s Journey” into a cartoon series and movie. She would also like create the Hattie’s Journey dolls in hopes of having them being distributed to children in hospitals as a comforter while they are going through a kidney transplant.
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