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A word to families …

When you first get sick, you have to live.

Katherine, 19-year-old with cancer

If you have a seriously ill child, find out more from your child’s health care team about palliative care and how it might help your child and the whole family.

  • Ask for clear information about your child’s medical condition. Be sure that all your questions are answered.

  • If you are confused or if you can’t understand what is being said, tell your care providers. Ask them to repeat what they’ve said. Ask them to find another way to explain it.

  • Ask what will be done to keep your child comfortable. Make it clear that this is very important to you.

  • Learn about all the treatment options and the pros and cons of each.

  • Find someone you and your child can talk to about what you are going through. Don’t hesitate to ask for the support you need.

As you hope for the best, asking these questions and getting the answers you need will help you prepare for whatever may lie ahead. You will then be able to focus more on what matters the most – caring for your child and making the most of your time together.

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