I thought I had a fair understanding of the difficulties faced by families whose children have cancer in a developing country, The visit opened my eyes to an entirely different world. Spending time with the families in Fiji really brought home to me the harsh realities of this situation.
Our child life leaders are excited to be bringing child life skills to the children they care for. Their knowledge, vision and dedication will enrich paediatric health care and children’s lives beyond measure.
People often ask me incredulously “why would parents refuse eye removed surgery if it’s the only way to save their child’s life?” This is a very important question. Understanding the complex answers helps us care for families to ensure children have the best chance of cure.
Two children. The same affliction. Drastically different outcomes. Yet each story represents the most common reality for children with retinoblastoma in these respective parts of the world.
The challenges surrounding eye removal stigma are complex, but our passion to overcome them is stronger. I feel honoured to have a special eye and to be able to use it to help spread the message and save lives.