In May 2016, Jade had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from her brain. Her heartbroken mother, Jocelyn, had no idea how the family was ever going to get their little girl through the pain of cancer treatment over the next several months. Her daughter was terrified of the hospital and all the pokes and machines she encountered.
It wasn’t long before Jade met art therapist, Deb, who took the time to work on projects with her to take her mind off of all the medical things going on around her. Jocelyn noticed the difference right away. Instead of crying when she had to go to the hospital, Jade was calm and happy. She came out of her shell and began to make friends with the nurses and doctors. She would invite the nurses to sit and colour with her, and to Jocelyn’s amazement, they would take the time. They showed genuine love and care and turned a very difficult experience into one filled with happy memories.
Jade has just completely treatment and had her final scans which showed the cancer is all gone! She had her central line removed only weeks ago and she plans to return to her Grade Two classroom at the end of February. Hopefully the memories of the pain will fade, but gladly the family has many creative reminders around the house of the love and care she received during her time at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.