It is so hard to be a parent- to love unconditionally, to be attuned to your child’s needs 24/7, to recreate your identity- and to enjoy what you have while you have it. It is especially difficult to be a parent of a child with a chronic or terminal illness- to be absolutely overwhelmed as a parent, to want to hold back and feel guilty for doing so, to forget how to have fun- and there is very little support or awareness in our society about this.
Youth Contact does offer a free Nurturing Hope parenting class for parents of children with a chronic or terminal health diagnosis. Our current class, offered at Tuality Community Hospital, has just reached it’s 6 week halfway point. These mothers and fathers are brave people committed to being the best parents they can be. They are opening up the discussion of what it means to nurture a child with additional barriers.
If you want to learn more (and you should, regardless of whether you have children or if your kiddos have health concerns), watch this 10 minute video about how a couple dealt with the diagnosis of cancer in their newborn son. These parents processed their grief in a way that is real, sorrowful, and inspiring at the same time.
If you are interested in signing up for future classes, please call or email Sarah Cordua at (503)640-4222×713 or firstname.lastname@example.org