The diagnosis of a chronic disease or disability can be devastating news for an adult and even more so for a child. The diagnosis itself can place a family on an emotional, financial and physical roller coaster. Doctor appointments, treatments and therapies, and managing a child’s caregiving plan can be incredibly stressful. Community Health Charities invited Gretchen Voglezang from MommyCast to be the guest host for a special Health Matters at Work® podcast series on caring for children with a chronic condition. Community Health Charities also asked three mothers of children with chronic conditions to share their experiences from a mother’s perspective. Cathy Kanefsky, representing Autism Speaks, is a mother of twin boys with autism. Ms. Kanefsky shares her journey of navigating autism during a time when very little was known about the condition. Deb Cumbo, representing the Muscular Dystrophy Association, talks about her family’s journey when her son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at a very early age. Liz Smith, representing the Arthritis Foundation, raises awareness of the reality of juvenile arthritis as she talks about her daughter’s experience with the disease. All three of their stories are inspiring and provide hope.
Join host Jerry Franz in getting to know what the nation's most trusted health charities can do for you and your family. Every month the Health Matters at Work podcast series explores current health topics by interviewing experts from America's credible health charities in a talkshow format. Learn more about your own health and the health charities that can provide you support, information and services to live a healthier life.