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Parents in the Know Podcast Episode 42 – Tamara James on Childhood Cancer
Tamara James on Childhood Cancer
This is the 42nd episode of my podcast for parents and families who want to be in the know about major parenting concerns and issues. Today I am honoured to bring you an interview with one of my closest friends on something that no parent wants to imagine – but that happened to her family. Tamara is going to share her story and her daughter’s story with you. Childhood Cancer is the topic today.
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Today on Parents in the Know, I’m honored to have my very good friend, Tamara James with me on Skype from Queensland. A few years ago, Tamara and her family went through an ordeal that most parents don’t even want to think about, but this family had to live it: When she was only 6 months old, Tamara’s youngest child, her baby daughter Chloe, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia or AML, which is a form of childhood cancer. Today, Tamara is going to talk us through her experience and help us to understand the lasting effects of childhood cancer on the whole family.
Tamara’s daughter, Chloe, was one of the lucky ones. Only a few months ago she was given the all-clear for the final time, and she will now be able to move ahead with her life along with her family, and all who love her are able now to breathe a sigh of relief and relax. We wish them all the very best for the future.
Tamara did not get the chance to mention it on the podcast but she has asked me to add a comment on the extreme importance of scientific research. Breakthroughs in science kept her daughter from undergoing a very painful procedure, with significant long term health effects, as it was shown not to be needed in her particular type of cancer. Whenever you get a chance to donate to cancer research, please do so.
Tamara and her family found a great deal of ongoing support from friends, family, health professionals, counselors, social workers and therapists and organizations. No one person or organization can grant the biggest wish of a parent who is watching their child suffer – to heal their child and take it all away – but there are many great organizations who are dedicated to make the act of surviving throughout the ordeal as easy as possible for families. See the links below for some of them who helped Tamara’s family. If you have the ability to do so, think about supporting one or more of these wonderful institutions.
Thanks for listening.
www.pinworthyparties.com.au, which is Tamara’s DIY party website. Check it out!
The Starlight Foundation – https://starlight.org.au
Redkite – http://www.redkite.org.au
Camp Quality – https://www.campquality.org.au
Make A Wish – http://www.makeawish.org.au
Ronald McDonald House – https://www.rmhc.org.au
CanTeen – https://www.canteen.org.au
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