Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’

Professor Claire Wakefield leads one of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups that is working towards improving the quality of life of families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Prof Wakefield is head of the behavioural sciences unit for the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

She explains, “nobody wants to hear the words your child has cancer.”

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The Behavioural Sciences Unit research team. Photo credit: Claire Wakefield

Across the globe, over 300,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is second only to motor vehicle accidents for the leading cause of child deaths. These figures are undoubtedly shocking and upsetting, as it can be hard to comprehend a child going through such agony and emotional turmoil. Continue reading “Prof Claire Wakefield is helping children with cancer and their families, ‘traverse the really scary, difficult time that is cancer treatment’”

Torri: A Helper Who Needs Our Help – 12 Days of Letter Writing

Torri: A Helper Who Needs Our Help – 12 Days of Letter Writing

Mr. Rogers once said the best way to deal with tragic situations is to “look for the helpers”. He added, “You will always find people who are helping.” Torri is one of those helpers in the truest sense. But now, it’s Torri who needs to be helped. Continue reading “Torri: A Helper Who Needs Our Help – 12 Days of Letter Writing”

What 2018 City2Surf competitor Stephanie Bendixsen learned about love from her mum with dementia

What 2018 City2Surf competitor Stephanie Bendixsen learned about love from her mum with dementia

Stephanie Bendixsen, or ‘Hex’ as she is known in the gaming industry, turned her childhood love of video games into a career as an Australian television presenter. However, whilst her career was taking off her mum’s health was deteriorating with dementia. I spoke with Steph about her career as well as how she is channelling the emotions from the loss of her mum into raising awareness and funds for dementia in the 2018 City2Surf.
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4-year old ‘Mighty Miss Maya’ made her dream come true of being able to walk

4-year old ‘Mighty Miss Maya’ made her dream come true of being able to walk

From “hello” to “I will never be the same without you,” the Tisdale family from Michigan have watched their 4-year old ‘Mighty Miss Maya’ born with cerebral palsy take her first steps after a special surgical procedure. Continue reading “4-year old ‘Mighty Miss Maya’ made her dream come true of being able to walk”

How 7-year old Zaidee Turner saved numerous lives and inspired Australia to speak about organ and tissue donation

How 7-year old Zaidee Turner saved numerous lives and inspired Australia to speak about organ and tissue donation

Zaidee Turner, a 7-year old from Shepparton, Victoria, is the youngest organ and tissue donor in Australia’s history. Now more than a decade later she has the nation talking about the life-saving qualities of transplants through Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation. Continue reading “How 7-year old Zaidee Turner saved numerous lives and inspired Australia to speak about organ and tissue donation”

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Sharing stories and struggles may not be a remedy to infertility, but doing so can be emotionally therapeutic. The person you are opening up to may be struggling with something similar. Continue reading Plus or minus