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How to Support Sensory Development and Engagement In Babies and Young Children

Babies and young children rely on all their senses for learning and development, communication, comfort and coping. Jocelyn Leworthy, RECE, CIMI explores the role our senses play in daily life and development from our earliest days, and how we can encourage fun sensory stimulation to nourish young lives.

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7 Ways Caregivers Can Support Infant Mental Health during Cancer Care.

Infants experience a wide range of emotions, the depths of which are just beginning to be understood. Morgan Livingstone CCLS discusses how the external environment influences infant mental health, and the varied ways parents and medical professionals can help babies cope and thrive through medical interventions.

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Sleep, Photosensitivity and Retinoblastoma

The body’s sensitive biological clock regulates sleep, which is vital to our physical and mental health. Dr. Iona Alexander explores how some effects of retinoblastoma treatment may disrupt this highly tuned system, and invites survivors to help researchers understand the relationship between these effects and sleep.

Life as a Registered Mom

On Saturday 12 May, International Nurses Day celebrates the incredible life-saving, life-changing work of nurses around the world. Janine Patterson shares the uncommon experience, benefit and burden of being a nurse when your child is diagnosed with cancer, and important things she has learned along the way.

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How DNA and Genetic Knowledge Changes Lives: the impact of genetic testing for five families affected by retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma survivor and WE C Hope co-founder / CEO, Abby White, considers the central importance of DNA and genetic knowledge in caring for the child and family. She introduces us to Alice, Jamie, Megan, Rachel, Peter and their families, to find out how genetic testing can influence treatment, screening and lifelong care.

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” Anne Roiphe

Make Space for Grief: Honour the place you are in

Linda Conyard MGestT explores the grief that can arise from retinoblastoma diagnosis, treatment, eye removal surgery, loss of innocence, and mutilated family life. She considers the potential harm of suppressing this grief, and offers both families/survivors and medical professionals ways to prevent prolonged suffering.

The Informed Parent – 6 Tips for Staying Up to Date in a Social Media World

Google and social media play an increasingly significant role in the lives of families affected by retinoblastoma, but without careful use, they can complicate a child’s medical care and even put life at risk. Dr. Jesse Berry shares her recommendations for being a safely informed parent advocate in the modern hyper-connected age.

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DePICT the Cancer Care Journey, Overcome Rarity Through Collaborative Research

Brenda Gallie, global leader in retinoblastoma clinical care, research and innovation, discusses an exciting technology promising to improve care during treatment and beyond. DePICTRB supports collaboration among the child’s entire circle of care, gives parents open access to their child’s record, and empowers clinical research.

“Some journeys don't have endings, they lead to new beginnings. These are the journeys that lead to great adventures!” Alex Haditaghi from ‘Softly, As I leave her’ 2016. Quote set against background of sunrise painting a golden pathway over blue ocean, into a slightly clouded blue sky.

One Retinoblastoma World, A New Realm of Discovery

When Sandra Staffieri left Australia in August 2012 for a conference in Italy and a tour of retinoblastoma centres in North America, she had no idea how radically the journey would change her life and care at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Yet as she departed, the key destination was not even on her itinerary…

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Life Through Sam’s Eyes – How Our Blind Son Helped Us See

What does it mean to be told your 12 week old baby has a rare eye cancer? Jim Valavanis shares his experience of first-time parenting, nearly five years of childhood cancer treatment, and Life Through Sam’s Eyes – the hope-filled book that emerged from his healing journey.