Family is an integral part of life. Each member of a family shares the joy of holidays, major milestones, and successes. Of course, family members endure the difficult times together too.
A brain tumour diagnosis affects an entire family, and can be a difficult journey for everyone involved. However, these tough times can often strengthen and maintain a family’s relationship. Through support and love, families make the journey of a brain tumour one of strength and courage.
When you let your family know how you feel (emotionally or physically), they will be able to better offer the support you need. Further, family members can offer words of encouragement, share the pain, and help to manage stress. Ultimately, throughout the journey of a brain tumour, the love of a family can help reduce the difficulty.
On this International Day of the Family we salute all families facing the journey with a brain tumour and say ‘Thank You’ to everyone supporting and caring for a loved one facing this disease.
‘Hope’ gains support from her friends in the storybook “A Friend in Hope”
Did you know that today, April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day?
International Children’s Book Day is celebrated annually to inspire a love of reading amongst children. If your child, or someone they care about, is affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, today is the perfect opportunity to order a copy of the storybook, A Friend in Hope. This illustrated book can offer valuable information and support for your children.
A Friend in Hope tells the story of a young girl named Hope and her journey with a brain tumour, through the perspective of her friend Danny. Through Hope’s journey to wellness, the book addresses medical procedures and symptoms associated with a brain tumour.
The book is available in English (A Friend in Hope), French (Mon amie Claire), and Italian (La mia amica Speranza). Visit the website to order your copy.
To order your free copy of A Friend in Hope, click the following link (please note that the Italian version is only available in digital format): http://www.braintumour.ca/614/resources-request-and-contact-form
April first is April Fool’s Day. What’s so funny about that when you are dealing with a brain tumour?
Practical jokes aside, many experts believe that humour is an important part of healing for the mind and body. There are plenty of psychological benefits linked to laughter and humour. Laughter contributes to a positive mood, stress relief, and can aid in overcoming difficult times.
The challenges of a brain tumour can be extremely difficult for the individuals and families affected. Nevertheless, throughout the journey of a brain tumour, maintaining a sense of humour is important. Laughter can help to manage stress and reduce the negative emotions associated with a brain tumour.
After all, we’ve all heard the anecdote “laughter is the best medicine”.
Happy Holidays to everyone who is part of the brain tumour community – we wish you season of relaxation, peace and love.
Times of celebration like this time of year can be very difficult for individuals and families coping with a brain tumour. So we want to send out our thoughts to everyone who might be facing an emotional hurdle during this time of year.
Whether you have lost someone you care about – recently or are feeling their absence years later – or if you are anticipating losing someone, this time of year can be tough. And equally important, if you are a survivor and find this time of year is not the same as it used to be, the holidays can be difficult.
Regardless of who you are, and how you have been affected, you are not alone.
We wish everyone a safe and peaceful season.
We are here to listen. You can call for emotional one-on-one support Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 1-800-265-5106.
InfoDays.ca offers all the details about these inspiring events.
Coming this Spring are Half-Day Information Days in six cities across the country. A variety of topics will be explored at these mornings of hope and support – the Vancouver event is focused on pediatric information. Each event offers the opportunity to connect with others on the journey with brain tumour as well as with health care professionals in the top of the field of neuroscience and oncology.
These days are special for the brain tumour community because of the unique opportunity to connect with other patients and caregivers in your community, learn from health care professionals and become informed about brain tumours. It is with information that you can be your best advocate for your health care as you are on the journey with a brain tumour.
Finally, the learning isn’t limited to the day of the event. There are presentations available from past workshops on BrainTumour.ca. You’ll find information on topics ranging from Brain Tumour Basics to Clinical Trials, Long Term Effects and much more.
What would you like to see happen at an Information Day? Are there topics that you think should be covered or ways you would like to connect with others?
Today more than 40 packages are being sent out to Canadians recently diagnosed with a brain tumour and health care professionals who will distribute materials directly to patients. The packages are going across the country from Vancouver to Quebec to the East Coast.
You can order an Information Package here.
Information packages heading out to patients and families today.
Some of the more than 40 Brain Tumour Information Packages going out today.