“Child life specialists take the journey alongside our patients to help reduce fear, pain, stress and anxiety,” child life family…
- About 19 percent of kids have special healthcare needs in the United States
- A video highlights what mothers go through when their child is critically ill
- The Hospital for Sick Children made the video to honor women for Mother’s Day
Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail.com
A naked woman sinks to the floor of her shower as she looks defeated and another covers her mouth to hold back sobs while looking at herself in a mirror.
These two women are just a few featured in a heart-wrenching video that reveals the agony of raising a critically ill child from the viewpoint of a mother.
Studies show that families dealing with children who are critically ill go through emotional, mental and financial turmoil away from the eyes of their children and friends.
The Hospital for Sick Children released a video ahead of Mother’s Day that gives a glimpse into the life of the women who are wrecked by their child’s sickness but somehow still find the courage to be strong for them.
The Hospital for Sick Children released a video ahead of Mother’s Day that gives a glimpse into the life of the women who are caring for sick children
The emotional clip pictures several different women going though their own personal battles as they seem crushed for not being able to help their child.
One sits in an empty nursery holding an unused toy, another seeks comfort at a church and a third shakes while she is curled up on the side of a bed.
The grief for some explodes into frustration – a mother lashing out at the many pill bottles in front of her and another beating her car’s steering wheel.
A young woman cries over a fake baby after a doctor tries to teach her how to care for a child that will need special assistance.
Suddenly, the women stop crying and square their shoulders. One looks herself in the mirror and whispers words of encouragement to herself before she walks over to a hospital bed and smiles at her child.
In the end, all of the women summon the courage to be brave as they tend to their child’s needs.
Five of the women filmed in the video have children at the Toronto hospital and the story line is based on two of the women’s personal stories
The mothers are seen seemingly defeated, unable to get up from a bed or sitting in an empty nursery
The video is to encourage others to donate to the hospital’s program to gift women with something for Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, May 14 for the United States and Canada. It was originally published in April.
Lori Davison, VP of Brand Strategy Communications at SickKids, said five of the women featured are actually mothers of patients at the Toronto hospital. The story line is inspired by two of the women’s personal stories.
Davison said: ‘It is very similar to what all parents go through in these situations. Being strong for their kids, putting on a game face for them so they can bring joy to the bedside.’
She added: ‘We had an overwhelming positive reaction from mothers. Some said they kind of feel seen for the first time, so I think it is quite profound for them.’
The grief for some explodes into frustration – a mother lashing out at the many pill bottles in front of her and another beating her car’s steering wheel
The video is to encourage others to donate to the hospital’s program to gift women with something for Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday, May 14 for the United States and Canada
The video attempts to capture real people going through these emotional moments around the world.
HOW TO HANDLE GRIEF, ACCORDING TO THE CDC
In the United States, an estimated 19 percent or 14.2 million children have conditions resulting in a special healthcare needs, according to the CDC.
The effects of caring for a seriously ill child is taxing on parents, emotionally and potentially financially.
Caregivers are encouraged to take time for themselves and to seek support from a professional grief counselor or to attend a support group.
Most often, stress is a result of caring for a sick child.
To begin to cope, experts advise parents to recognize the signs of stress, including feeling exhausted, not sleeping enough, being forgetful and withdrawing from people.
A mother described watching her child trapped inside her own body as complete agony and another as being numb to the life-changing news.
Rian Rodriguez-Pena was diagnosed with Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase Deficiency (AADC) – a very rare, genetically-inherited disease that can be likened to Parkinson’s.
Her mother, Shillann, said: ‘It’s nothing short of emotional torture. Every inch of your life is consumed with fear and worry. I’ll never forget that trip [of] driving to the hospital when they called to say they had a diagnosis.’
She added: ‘I think about it like a thousand times a day.’
Laura Sharpe was devastated when her daughter’s knock knees turned out to be terminal brain cancer.
Sharpe said: ‘Inside, my heart was breaking, I was just numb,’ she added. ‘When an oncologist then came to speak to us, I knew it was cancer. I screamed “no”.
‘I remember looking out of the window and listening to the doctor, but not taking in a word. I just wanted to take my girl home.’
Despite their pain, these two women are just some of the countless mothers who are brave in the face of uncertainty in order to be strong for their children.
In the end, all of the women summon the courage to be brave as they tend to their child’s needs
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