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Together, We Are Going To Be “Making Cancer Less Painful for Kids”

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by: Dr. Christine Chambers, Child Psychologist & Professor, IWK Health Centre & Dalhousie University & Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Nurse Clinician-Scientist & Associate Professor, The Hospital for Sick Children & University of Toronto


“As parents we never want to see our children in pain. Whether it’s a scraped knee or a broken bone, we just wish we could take it all away and make them feel better. Now imagine having a child with cancer. When our son, Shawn, was first admitted to the hospital after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, they inserted an IV into his little arm. He screamed and I distressed at the cruelty of this intentional pain. Little did I realize that an IV insertion was the least of our worries as we journeyed down the road of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and the thousands of pokes and prods that Shawn endured.  Pain management is at the epi-center of comfort.  Providing comfort to Shawn was at the core of my job as his mother. When his pain was at the surface, it was all that mattered and it robbed him of every second. When his pain was managed well we were all able to concentrate on what truly mattered: love, laughter and living.”  – Sue


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