A word from Cynthia

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

Christmas Greetings to you all

It has been some time since I have taken the time to write a blog.  I am again surprised that the end of the year has ‘snuck up’ on us again so quickly.  As I reflect on the year, it has been a busy one.  With 152 new families referred to the service this year, [...]

By | December 20th, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Reflections on the tenth anniversary of True Colours

As I reflect on the last 10 years there are so many memories that come flooding into my mind. These reflections are of gorgeous, amazing children who prove time and again the resilience and courage it takes to live life to the full, regardless of the challenges of health and disability conditions. Some of those [...]

By | June 22nd, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Every day is a new beginning…

As we are now well into the New Year, I am reminded of the quote, “Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again”. How true that is! It has been a busy start to the year for True Colours, with a number of new referrals to the organisation, highlighting the [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Rainbows and Hope

It has been a challenging start to the year for some of the families that the True Colours team supports. The sadness and grief that the death of a child brings into families lives are insurmountable... and in fact indescribable. As I was driving back from a rural town after visiting with a family, I [...]

By | February 20th, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Xmas Greetings 2012

Kia Ora Koutou, I know that for many of us we feel the end of the year has sneaked up on us and it is difficult to believe we are signing off with Christmas wishes and that a New Year is just around the corner! It has been another busy year for True Colours. This [...]

By | December 18th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The Wisdom of Learning from Others

While on leave, I am taking the opportunity to attend the paediatric palliative care conference in Wales.  I am looking forward to hearing from the keynote speakers on the topic, 'Science, Meaning and Morality: the Palliative Package.  Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner, is one of the keynote speakers and someone I have respected for many years for [...]

By | June 26th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Parents the unseen heroes when caring for children with complex health needs

I want to acknowledge and applaud Cliff Robinson who has lobbied and advocated for families to be recognised financially as they care for their adult children with complex health and disability needs. In the recent media coverage (Waikato Times May 26) Cliff explained that he wanted the payments for family carers to be his legacy. [...]

By | May 31st, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Building Resiliency in Children

Stephen Parkinson (psychotherapist/music therapist) and I met with a small group of children and their parents this week in a music therapy session. As I watched the children engaging with the music and one little girl dancing in the session I was in awe of their resiliency.  These children live with such compromised health conditions.  [...]

By | April 29th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Holiday a mixed time for families

It feels good to return to True Colours after having a break for two weeks and to feel refreshed. Although the weather wasn't favourable to getting outside and doing things, it actually enforced a stop and 'rest time'. So for me it was spending quality time with family and friends, which meant good company, red [...]

By | January 31st, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments