Posts Tagged 'emotional support'

August Warrior – William

William is definitely a warrior. Every hurdle William is presented with, he will always find one way or another to get over it. He’s a happy three-and-a-half-year-old with the most infectious smile around…. nothing bothers him.

William was diagnosed with Renal Coloboma Syndrome when he was a baby, a condition that affects kidney and eye development. William had his left kidney removed at 6 months old and is vision impaired. William has also been diagnosed with laryngomalacia, a condition that affects the vocal cords and impacts breathing and swallowing. ...

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March’s Warriors – Aidan and Kaelan

Aidan is 13 and Kaelan is 7. Their younger brother Kai was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia on 26th March 2015, when he just was 2 years old. Kai battled the disease for nearly 2 years, including many months of isolation during which Aidan and Kaelan were not able to spend time with their brother.

Kai’s initial bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor put him into remission, but he sadly relapsed after less than a year. Following ...

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January’s Warrior – Declan

Declan is 7, and has been battling cancer for nearly 4 years. When he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just one week before his 4th birthday, he already had secondary cancer in 20% of his bones and bone marrow. His family had to relocate from Bridgetown so he could receive treatment. The initial 14 months of treatment involved intense chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy and stem cell transplant, and put him into remission.

Sadly after just 6 months he relapsed with a tumour ...

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December’s Warrior – Jackson

Jackson (now 6) was a happy, healthy and bright 3 year old until his world was turned upside down. After numerous medical appointments and still no satisfactory answers, Jackson was taken to the emergency department. There his parents received the devastating news – their only son was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Jackson was immediately transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital where he began cancer treatment that very night. His condition became critical and he was moved to the ...

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October’s Warrior of the Month – Jaxon

Jaxon is 5. At just 6 months old, he was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms’ tumour – cancer on both his kidneys. After surgery to remove half of his right kidney and 6 weeks of chemotherapy, a CT scan showed another tumour had grown and he underwent surgery again to remove the remainder of his right kidney. This was followed with 6 months of chemotherapy, after which Jaxon achieved remission.

Scan after scan the left side tumour showed no progression, but after ...

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The emotional costs of childhood cancer

The fight against childhood cancer is physically brutal, but the emotional impacts can be even more severe, reaching far beyond the child themselves and continuing long past the end of treatment.

Imagine being told your child has cancer, and then being told you have 4 hours to uproot the entire family and move closer to the hospital. Your children have to start in new schools, make new friends; you have to find new jobs and new accommodations, and make arrangements for ...

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