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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Oct 4, 2023

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month we wanted to repost this episode to provide awareness to our community. 

Breast cancer survivor, Sara Olsher, battles the disease as a single parent, using her experience to empower others and create resources for families facing cancer, in a moving and inspiring episode of the Child Life On Call podcast.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore Sara's firsthand experiences from her breast cancer diagnosis to treatments, offering an inspiring narrative for those facing a similar situation.

  • Learn to simplify complex cancer terminologies into friendly conversation, developing a resourceful way to ease children into understanding the disease.

  • Comprehend the value of a strong community in fueling hope and resilience during cancer treatments.

  • Master the art of balancing the role of a single parent with the imperative of self-care during cancer treatment.

  • Understand the silent toll of cancer on children and strategies to alleviate their anxiety, making them feel safe and heard. List 3:

My special guest is Sara Olsher

Let's meet Sara Olsher, a mother, a steadfast partner, and a formidable cancer warrior. Living in the heart of California's wine country, Sara embodies the phrase 'survivor' in more ways than one. Having traversed the rocky terrain of single parenthood and then battling against a troublesome breast cancer diagnosis, Sara's life journey is nothing short of inspirational. Her frank and sensitive sharing of her personal struggles inspires hope and resilience.

The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:00 - Introduction,

00:03:43 - Sarah's Diagnosis,

00:09:04 - Treatment and Reconstruction,

00:12:57 - Pain and Recovery,

00:15:48 - Sharing the News,

00:18:35 - Explaining Cancer to Her Daughter,

00:23:48 - Providing a Concrete Understanding,

00:25:55 - Seeking Support as a Single Parent,

00:31:30 - Recognizing Acts of Kindness,

00:33:06 - Simple Ways to Help,

00:36:16 - The Importance of Support in Parenting,

00:37:22 - Empathy and Exposure to Different Family Dynamics,

00:38:02 - Sara's Books on Cancer Awareness,

00:43:09 - Creating Calendars for Children with Cancer,

00:45:36 - Donating Calendars to Children's Hospitals

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