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World Cancer Day 2017: A few words from Trisha Paul

TrishaPaulby Trisha Paul, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

I could never have anticipated how much the field of oncology would excite me. As a teenager, I chose to volunteer with pediatric oncology patients on a whim. I found myself fascinated, and deeply humbled by the psycho-social challenges that these young patients and their families face. I found my way to medicine, and I wondered whether the medical field of oncology would be similarly intriguing to me.

 

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What September Means to Me: by Trisha Paul

goldribbonby Trisha Paul, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

Painting wooden figures is an all-time favorite craft for kids at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Five years ago, a little boy with no hair sat beside me, splotching gobs of glittery paint atop a dragon made of wood. I don’t remember the boy’s name, but I remember his face, his kind eyes. When his mom came to get him from the playroom after he had been discharged, he turned to me. “This is for you,” he said. And before I could respond, he had bolted out of the playroom and was halfway down the hall, his left arm reaching up with little fingers curled tight around his mother’s hand.

 

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Talking to your Child about Death and More

TrishaPaulby Trisha Paul, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

“What is cancer?”
“Something you can die from,” an adolescent in remission once told me.

 

He later described his treatment to me, saying, “if it weren’t for the treatment, I would’ve been….” His voice trailed off as he swiped a finger across his neck and made a krrr sound. “It’s true,” he concluded, nodding.

 

This teen, in this moment, chose to express himself outside of words. He had been comfortable defining cancer explicitly in relation to “death” before, so why did his words falter now? I remember being taken aback by this symbolic beheading, an action fraught with connotations of cancer as both violent but also punitive. I wondered how many other children associated cancer with death, how many felt as though they were receiving a death sentence when diagnosed.

 

 

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Pediatric Palliative Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach

TrishaPaulby Trisha Paul, CKN Advisory Board Member, Childhood Cancer Narratives

 

I have to admit—one of the first reasons that palliative care first piqued my interest was because I wanted to learn more about death. But as I’ve delved deeper into palliative care, I’ve come to realize just how much more comprehensive it is. While increasing access to hospice care is a component of what palliative care provides, palliative care does so much more for patients and families.

 

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Discovering a Passion for Pediatric Palliative Care

TrishaPaulby Trisha Paul, CKN Advisory Board Member, Childhood Cancer Narratives

 

As someone who loves spending time with kids, I was thrilled when I was placed to volunteer on the 7th floor pediatric oncology inpatient playroom at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Although I was just in high school, I had an early interest in becoming a pediatrician, and Mott seemed like the perfect place for me to learn more.

 

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Inside Childhood Cancer: Excerpts from the book Chronicling Childhood Cancer

TrishaPaulBookCoverby Trisha Paul, Aspiring Pediatric Oncologist

A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer

 

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the book  Chronicling Childhood Cancer: A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer has been published by Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. In this narrative collection, ten children and teens from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital use their own words and colorful drawings to share their personal experiences with cancer.

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