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Seeking support: what other parents say

Asking for help can be hard. However, speaking with your social worker, friends and family may be useful in helping you find the support you need. Here, some parents share their insights into asking for and accessing support.

Tip One – Let your family and friends help you

‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help as everyone will want to do something. Get them to cook, take your other children out, do grocery shopping, run errands. You just can’t do it ALL, as much as you want to.’

‘Accept help when it is offered. It might be completely alien to do so but you will need help.’

‘If someone offers to help in any way accept, don’t feel you have to do everything yourself.’

Tip Two – Tap into support services

‘Support services are available, and often invaluable. Do not be embarrassed to use them. I always felt like they were for “someone else” and that our circumstances weren’t bad enough. Looking back now, they were there for us and we should have accepted help that was available at the time.’

‘There is plenty of support. You are not alone!’

Tip Three – Lean on your social worker

‘Utilise the social worker assigned to your family. They offer brilliant support, are always there to talk and listen, help you navigate the hospital administration and help you access the services available to you from Redkite.’


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    A guide for grandparents of children affected by childhood cancer

    This booklet answers some of the many questions which grandparents of children with cancer told Redkite they would have liked answered when their grandchild was diagnosed and during their grandchild’s treatment phase.

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    This booklet answers some of the many questions which grandparents of children with cancer told Redkite they would have liked answered when their grandchild was diagnosed and during their grandchild’s treatment phase.

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    Katie’s story: Music and childhood cancer treatment

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    Katie’s story: Music and childhood cancer treatment

    Music can promote connection and strengthen relationships within your family. Katie explored the Redkite Music Box and thought it would be helpful for families facing the cancer experience.

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    Things to do during the school holidays

    These school holidays the kids can have fun and relax after a big term of school and parents can relax the routine and have more time to connect with their family.

    Things to do during the school holidays

    These school holidays the kids can have fun and relax after a big term of school and parents can relax the routine and have more time to connect with their family.