Friday, February 12, 2016

New support group help parents of kids with brain tumors and injuries

Parents of kids with brain tumors and injuries have a new resource: CoxHealth’s Pediatric Brain Tumor and Injury Connection, a monthly gathering that offers a safe environment to share emotional support.

"Raising a child with brain tumors and trauma is a difficult road, but it’s even more difficult when it’s done alone," says Lana Martin, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at CoxHealth. "This monthly group is a new resource for those who wish to connect and learn with one another."

The group is open to caregivers and survivors up to 15 years of age, as well as survivors’ siblings. It will be guided by leaders who are dedicated to the care and assistance of children and their family members, such as Child Life team members and pediatric registered nurses. The agenda and occasional guest speakers will be determined by the group’s participants.

Besides emotional support, the group offers interpersonal contact, an opportunity to share similar experiences (helping members feel less isolated), a chance to learn about the achievements of others who overcame similar difficulties, confidence building, safety discussions and play-therapy for the children.

The group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Cox South. An RSVP is required to attend. For more information or to RSVP, call 417-269-0923.