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EP 901B Caring for a Seriously Ill Child

Summary: It can feel impossible to prepare for the upsetting news that your child is seriously ill.
Air Date: 7/31/18
Duration: 17:44
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Joanna Breyer, PhD
Joanna Breyer was educated at Oxford and Harvard where she earned her doctoral degree in 1983. As a psychologist, she worked with children with cancer and their families for over 25 years at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Children’s Hospital Boston. She co-directed the pediatric psychosocial program at DFCI while it was re-designing its service model and ran its training program for psychosocial interns for many years. She worked in the David B. Perini Quality of Life Clinic for Survivors of Childhood Caner for over 10 years.
  • Book Title: WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK: A Guide to Navigating the Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill
EP 901B Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
To prepare for parenthood, you probably read countless books and articles. However, regardless of your research, it can feel impossible to prepare for the upsetting news that your child is seriously ill.

Dr. Joanna Breyer is here to help.

In her book, When Your Child Is Sick: A Guide to Navigating the Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill, Dr. Breyer tackles a difficult topic with useful information all parents should know. She explains how to deal with feelings of anxiety and worry, and how to deliver difficult news to your other children in a calm, informative way.

She also discusses the best tips to communicating with medical staff about your child's health and how you can ask them the right questions.

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