Childhood cancer is frightening and horrible. Not just for the child, but for their families too. Being told that your child has cancer is like finding out that scary monsters under your own childhood bed are in fact real.
The immediate issue is a life and death one and the treatment that your child will have to endure. One parent may lose their job while they take time off to care for the sick child, and there will be scars. Emotional, physical, and spiritual.
How fantastic it is that we do have treatments and that many children are able to become warrior survivors, but this often comes at the cost of life long side effects and vulnerabilities to further illness.
Yoga is one method of helping childhood cancer fighters, and their families, both during active treatment, and in the long haul afterwards. Recent research from Connecticut Children's Medical Center addressed concerns about yoga while on active treatment. It also showed that yoga can help increase energy and emotional resilience. The researchers concluded:
Parents and patients found the intervention highly acceptable. Conducting the intervention in the context of active cancer treatment proved feasible. Despite limited statistical power, [quality of life] of patients doing yoga improved. Our findings support the notion that yoga for pediatric cancer patients during active treatment is feasible and potentially helpful in improving both patients' and parents' well-being.
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