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Your Child Has Cancer: Canadian Support Resources That Can Help

SueMcKechnieby Sue McKechnie, CKN Childhood Cancer Advocacy Co-Editor

 

When your child is diagnosed with cancer, your world turns upside down. All your best laid plans fall to the wayside and in an instant you find yourself in uncharted waters. The good news is that Canada has a network of resources that can ease the emotional and financial stress for all the members of your family.

 

There are 16 hospitals in Canada dedicated to the healthcare of children. Each one of these facilities will have staff devoted to helping families navigate through their childhood cancer journey. The list below only scratches the surface of what resources are available, for a full list of services in your area, consult with your child’s health care team.

 

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Childhood Cancer: 5 ways you can make a difference

GoldRibbon2by Sue McKechnie, Childhood Cancer Awareness Editor 

Every day in North America the equivalent of a classroom full of kids are diagnosed with cancer. That’s every single day.  Yet childhood cancer is under-acknowledged and research towards better treatments and outcomes for these kids is woefully under-funded.

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What This Mom Wishes People Knew about Childhood Cancer

SueMcKechnie4by Sue McKechnie, Childhood Cancer Awareness Editor 

 

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

If your child has cancer you don’t need a specific month to remind you. You are always aware, every second of every day you are reminded of the fragility of life. As someone whose family has been so affected by childhood cancer, I want to scream it from the rooftops each and every day to make people aware that it is in fact not rare and even more alarming is the fact that childhood cancer research receives very little funding.

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New Studies Give Hope to Children with Brain Tumours: Evie’s Story

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New Research Gives Hope to Children with Most Common Types of Brain Tumours

by Sue McKechnie, CKN Childhood Cancer Advocacy Co-Editor

Evie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 6 months old.  After 3 straight years of chemotherapy, her tumour looked stable enough to stop treatment.  After being treatment free for 17 months, an MRI showed that her tumour was growing.

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Cancer Narratives: Mothers of the 8th Floor at Sick Kids

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Using scientific research as a springboard for discussion, CKN is distilling this research into practical narratives that will improve the quality of life for patients and offer deeper understanding and connection for physicians.  Please join this Doctor-Patient conversation about parenting children with cancer.

 


by Susan McKechnie, CKN Childhood Cancer Section Co-Editor

When your child has cancer there is no ‘how to’ manual filled with answers to the many, many questions and concerns a parent has as they carry their family through the ups and downs of care and treatment. The available resources such as the many doctors, nurses and other professionals who are part of your child’s medical care team, will happily answer as best they can but are often not readily available or do not have the same day-to-day insight as another parent travelling the same path.  Families who have children with cancer have a unique perspective on the everyday challenges faced by parents and can often offer ‘real-life’ advice.

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A Bereaved Parent’s Guide to the Holidays

Holidays2by Susan McKechnie, CKN Childhood Cancer Awareness and Advocacy Section Co-Editor

Whether you are a newly bereaved parent or one with a few years of ‘experience’ under your belt, the holidays are always tough.  People in general are full of holiday cheer, running around buying that perfect gift in anticipation of surprised, smiling faces opening them on Christmas morning. Those of us in the ‘experienced’ category remain wistful during the holiday season but have glimpses of hope and cheer. For parents still weighed down by the mire of grief, the holidays are an emotional rollercoaster that no-one who hasn’t been through it, can truly understand.

 

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