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Children’s Day 2017

Today is Children’s Day, a date made with the intention to enable us to stop and reflect on what our children mean to us.  A day to celebrate each one of them, whether that is the children we have, those who may no longer be with us, and those children we may have yearned for [...]

By | March 5th, 2017|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Letting go of fear

Katie Duncan is an amazing young woman who has worked hard to be at the top of her sporting career in the Football Ferns.  For 10 years she has played for the Ferns and is heading off to play at the Rio Olympics.  Katie knows what it is like to push through personal challenges and [...]

By | July 12th, 2016|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

National Children’s Day 2016 – celebrating children

It is National Children’s Day on 6th March, a day to take the time to celebrate our children. Although every day we love them, nurture them and care for them, it is also good to stop and celebrate them! "Children are like buds in a garden and they should be carefully and lovingly nurtured" I [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The Face of Courage

As I look into her six year old eyes, I am struck by the openness and trust that I see.  As she stares back at me she is working hard with her respirations as she fights yet another chest infection.  This is the third one in quick succession and her parents are exhausted.  She is [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The Shadow Health Care

While writing my PhD, I have immersed myself in the various models of care for children who have serious health conditions. Shuster and colleagues (2011) published an article titled ‘Children with health issues: The Future of Children’. They believe the care that parents provide to their children with serious health conditions, in their homes; can [...]

By | August 23rd, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Resiliency in the face of life itself

The year is drawing to a close and there have been significant, profound and challenging times for many. There have been moments of sheer beauty, excruciating pain, the birth of new relationships, and closing of others; and the end of the year is often time for reflection. True Colours has had its own rebirthing of [...]

By | August 19th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Resiliency in Evidence

Resiliency in Evidence Yesterday, True Colours held its annual family picnic day for the families that we support; the whole aim being to have some ‘simple’ fun and relaxation… and the sun shone for us this year! There were a number of families who attended, from all walks of life. Some children who are recovering [...]

By | August 17th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The importance of hearing from children, young people and their families

After returning from leave and getting back into my work commitments it is well and truly time to reconnect with my blog! The last time I wrote I was about to attend the Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) conference in Wales. I found the conference to be inspiring and it refuelled my passion in regards to [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

New Zealand Loss and Grief Awareness Week

I am writing this to you in Grief Awareness Week. Grief affects us all in life in many different ways. However, the families that are supported by True Colours Children's Health Trust know and understand the harsh reality of what it is like to live with this journey of grief.  I want to pay tribute [...]

By | August 2nd, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Parenting a child with a health condition

Today, the 1st of March is a day to celebrate our children nationally. There are so many things to celebrate as we reflect on our children and grandchildren and what they bring into our lives.  For most of us, there is nothing more special than when a baby has been born and as we watch [...]

By | March 1st, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments