More Children Surviving Means
More Children with Challenges
A childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating for a child. In an instant, a child’s life becomes defined by the physical and cognitive damage caused by their cancer and years of treatment. That is, if they are lucky enough to survive.
Each year, thousands of children, no longer in crisis, but damaged and not equipped to realize their potential, are no longer the priority of the world that fought to keep them alive.
- Childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating. Survival with likely physical and cognitive deficits is presented as best case for most cancers.
- Life’s basic possibilities are under threat. From having a family to dreams of future success.
- The many very real stories of suffering and loss used to develop support for childhood cancer have an unintended effect by ingraining survivor’s self-image based on their lowest moments.
- After treatment, there is not support for ongoing rehabilitation and reintegration beyond minimum function.
- Financial resources of most families are depleted and they are emotionally spent.
Although they will always burdened by the damage caused by treatment and years of lost childhood, childhood cancer survivors may gain the advantages of focus, discipline and maturity that is years or decades beyond their peers.
Determination, responsibility, commitment, and mental resilience are just a few traits that childhood cancer survivors possess that can make them very successful.