Digging Deep Blog
Through video and the compassionate process of making art, Laki Vazakas hopes to help pediatric patients, parents and professionals see beyond sickness and hospital rooms to look at life with new eyes.
When your goal is to help your child process the emotions associated with a medical condition, keep it simple. Working together with basic materials can be a window into your child’s world.
While a care team may need to know every twist and turn of your child’s story, your child’s teacher probably needs only about half as much information, and the parents of your child’s friend might only need the outline.
Laughter implies that you can go on. Laughter implies that you will go on. If you can find something to laugh about, even for just a few seconds, it is a sign that you can survive your situation.
“When life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.”
Trying to get through to your teen can feel about as productive as trying to get your houseplant to empty the dishwasher. Here Liza from Teen Mental Health shares their top tips for using conversation to create connection.
As it became clear that my treatment was working, I rebuilt my life with my cancer journal as my guide. Here is what I learned.
In this way and so many more, your child’s chronic illness can help you discover what really matters.
“Story” is about growth. Where will your story lead?
Choosing to seek mental health support for your child is challenging. But once a child is in therapy, it seems to help not only the child’s mental health, but the well-being of parents as well.