Parenting a child going through difficult medical treatment

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on how to best help your child through the challenges of their condition and treatments
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Parenting a child going through difficult medical treatment

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It is difficult walking the line between empathy and necessity when it comes to my daughter's condition and her treatments. It isn't fair that some people are sick while others are well. It was difficult caring for a baby that required so many medical procedures, but as she got older and was able to verbalize and communicate more, it got even harder for me. I tried to empathize with her, but it didn't change the fact that I had to give her medicine that tasted awful. I had to restrict her diet and carry out medical procedures that were uncomfortable and inconvenient. Some of these things were more crucial to her well-being than others, but they all had to be done, despite their negative psychological and emotional effects. I eventually learned that she needed to be heard. I started giving her time and space for her to have her feelings, to express them. I listened and validated her feelings. I agreed with her that it wasn't fair, but I explained to her that I was her mother, and above all else, I needed to keep her safe and healthy. I just tried to love her a lot.

Shelley Hurguy, RN, Holistic Health Coach, shares advice for parents who have a child with a disease or illness on how to best help your child through the challenges of their condition and treatments

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Shelley Hurguy, RN, MSN, CRNA, CHHC

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

I am holistic health coach with a certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist for over a decade. I have been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and found my passion for the power of healing through food when I read Paul Pitchford’s Healing With Whole Foods in response to my daughter’s medical challenges.

My daughter was born with a congenital bowel defect and endured several surgeries before her first birthday. After a highly specialized surgery to render her continent at age eight, my daughter was sent home with a list of medications that were intended for use unendingly. The medications contained chemicals and food dyes meant to alter the passage of food through her gastrointestinal tract, and I couldn’t find a natural supplemental alternative. I began to research dietary solutions to her body’s response to food, digestion and elimination.

During this time of navigating my daughter’s medical condition, professionally, I was administering anesthesia to patients undergoing bariatric surgery; a process of shrinking the stomach so the patient is forced to eat less food. I knew there had to be a better way to solve the issue of obesity, and that there was more to being overweight than just eating too much.

I have learned that what we eat and what we don't eat can profoundly affect and heal our bodies. I offer personalized “roadmaps to health,” created to suit each individual’s body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.

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