As I approached the end of Katys treatment, I realized that I had amassed not only a library of medical information, but scores of first-person accounts of how individual parents coped. It saddened me to think that most parents of children with leukemia would, like me, have to expend precious time and energy to collect, assess, and prioritize information vital to their child's well-being. After all, parents are busy providing much of the treatment that their child receives. They make all appointments, prepare their child for procedures, buy and dispense most medicines, deal with all of the physical and emotional side effects, and make daily decisions on when the child needs medical attention. In a sense, this book grew out of my concern that other overwhelmed parents should not have to duplicate my efforts to gather and organize information.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.