Part of how we make hope accessible to families facing medical adversity is by providing free resources. Whether you’re currently in the midst of challenging circumstances or you’re a friend or family member looking for ways to help, we have tools available for you.
A new diagnosis or new treatment options can carry a significant number of new questions and consideration. Here are a few resources to help you navigate the process:
- How to advocate for your child’s medical needs: a physician’s perspective
- 10 things to consider when choosing treatment options for your child: an interview with developmental expert Amy O’Dell
- Taking care of yourself and managing stress: living well series part 1
- Taking care of yourself and managing stress: living well series part 2
- Taking care of yourself and managing stress: living well series part 3
- Ways to keep your family strong through medical adversity (a resource for dads)
Doctor visits, tests, and procedures bring new experiences and anxieties. Add to this challenge the difficulty of helping a child deal with the stress of these events. Here are a few resources to help you prepare:
- How can I make my child laugh at the doctor’s office?
- Using waiting time to connect with your child
- How do I prepare for an outpatient procedure?
- What to do when your child is in surgery
- What do I pray while my child is in surgery?
- How do I help my anxious child at the doctor’s office?
- When waiting feels hard
Times of waiting are inevitable on any medical journey. You may be waiting for test results, waiting for a diagnosis, or simply waiting for a doctor visit. Anxiety and worry can be a struggle during these times. Here are a few resources for you:
Difficulty brings big questions, but sometimes they can be hard to ask or process. We don’t have all of the answers, but we are committed to working through these tough questions. Here are a few we have written about:
There’s no substitute for the power of prayer when you’re facing difficult circumstances. Prayer can bring peace when you’re worried, strength when you’re exhausted, and encouragement when you feel down. But what do you do when you don’t know what to pray?
The daily schedule, decisions, and challenges that inevitably come along with medical challenges can take a toll. If you are looking for a stream of encouragement to help lighten the load, here are a few resources:
- View our encouragement blog posts
- Read stories of families that have faced similar challenges
- Follow us on Facebook (or Instagram) for updates on encouragement and resources
- Subscribe to our blog for updates on new stories, articles, and encouragement
Food and diet restrictions are a common challenge of medical conditions. Additionally, food allergies seem more common than ever. Here are a few resources if you have do deal with diet modifications:
Supporting a family facing medical difficulty can be difficult if you don’t know how to help. Here are some tips and resources if you have a heart to serve those in your community that need help:
- How do I help a family facing medical challenges?
- How do I take good care of my family during medical challenges?
- What can I send a family staying at the hospital?
- How can I encourage a family experiencing medical adversity?
- What can I do while I visit a family at the hospital?
- How do I write an encouraging note to medical staff or families facing difficulty? [free download]
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