Growing Up Fast

November 12, 2009 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Kids and youth who have been hospitalized have a completely different perspective on life’s difficulties. Sometimes, like Paige, they have to grow up very quickly. Sometimes they lose friends who are dear to them. While their healthy peers are planning the next sleepover, wondering what they’ll get for Christmas, texting in math class or learning to drive, they may be dealing with issues most of their friends won’t need to consider for years to come.

No one likes to think about the fact that children and families sometimes face life-threatening illness. It’s a hard subject to discuss, but it’s important that families faced with the loss of a child know that they are not alone and that support and resources are readily available. In our most recent edition of Speaking of Children, we introduce palliative care as a vital service that BC Children’s Hospital provides to its patients and their families when tragedy strikes.

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The courage, strength and love of life that Paige and her fellow patients display in the face of fear, pain and loss can be wonderfully inspiring. We suggest you take a moment to view the tribute video for one such special young man, Spencer Dolling, a patient at BC Children’s Hospital who passed away in May 2009. You may also want to explore My Anything But Ordinary Journey, BC Cancer Agency’s imaginative interactive online resource for children who are learning to cope with cancer in their family.


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