Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Terminal Illness
A children's book about terminal illness to help parents/carers who have a terminal illness explain their diagnosis to their children.
"Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Terminal Illness" is the third book in the Nurse Ted series.
We created the Nurse Ted picture books in response to a lack of information for children whose parents are affected by serious illnesses such as brain tumours or cancer. These conditions can be scary and children may have lots of questions. The "Nurse Ted" books present age-appropriate information and stories of children who are going through similarly difficult times.
Ffi is a children's author and illustrator and Kerry is a community palliative nurse specialist at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher. Together, we self-funded the creation and publication of what would become the first book of the series, "Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Brain Tumours."
It received great reviews and support.
"We are proud to support Nurse Ted. Children whose parents are affected by a brain tumour can face a difficult and uncertain time and there has been a lack of information for them to help them understand what is happening. Nurse Ted will be a very helpful resource for families in future." The Brain Tumour Charity.
"Nurse Ted is an excellent resource to help a carer mediate the diagnosis of a brain tumour with a child. There can be nothing more difficult than talking with a child about what it means to have a brain tumour. This book, with its beautiful illustrations and clarity of language, makes this less daunting. It's a gift to any adult who is living with this diagnosis." Brainstrust, The Brain Cancer People.
"I really liked the book because instead of a boring document about cancer it is a children's book overflowing with colourful pictures and it is interesting and yet a story book! Also I didn't know what was happening inside dad until I read this book. Thank you for writing this book. I loved it!"
"Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Brain Tumours" is now listed on the Brain Tumour Charity's list of helpful books.
As reviews were so positive, we wanted to make the book more available and also to raise funds to create a more general book to help parents and other family members who have other types of cancer explain their diagnoses and treatment to their children.
So we created, "Nurse Ted: A Children's Guide to Cancer."
Like the first book of the series, the "Children's Guide to Cancer" provides a reassuring way to present information in an easy-to-understand format.
The second book received great reviews and is used throughout the UK in schools and hospitals. We were only able to print and distribute the book with your help.
“What a great book! I have been working as a children’s counsellor for the past eight years, supporting them when their parents are diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. This book would have been so useful to have. It explains treatment in terms that a child can understand, and will be a wonderful resource to have in my kit bag! I just wish I had it a few years ago." Julie Cole BA (Hons) MBACP Accred. Family Services manager, The Fountain Centre.
“The Nurse Ted books continue to provide invaluable advice for children, parents and their families. It’s a great way of introducing a complicated subject and providing an opportunity to explore some of the issues faced by people when a loved one is unwell. I would recommend the latest Nurse Ted book to anyone going through this difficult experience.” The Right Honourable Anne Milton, Member of Parliament for Guildford.
There is now demand for a book about terminal illness.
We have already created the first draft of the book which is currently being peer reviewed by numerous charities, hospices, cancer support units and hospitals.
In this book, a little boy called Joel is faced with the news that his father has a terminal illness. With age-appropriate information and language, Nurse Ted communicates with Joel in a way he understands.
The picture book format, a familiar medium for children, provides a reassuring way to present information in one place. Containing a Glossary of Terms, Parent's/ Carer's Cut-Out Guide, and Questions and Answers Section, the book is also a useful resource for adults.
We need your help so that we can print, market and distribute the book.
Any funds raised over the target will go towards a further print-run so we can reach more people.
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Risks and challenges
We have already created the first draft of the book and it is currently being reviewed.
The only potential problem we foresee is in terms of funding. Once reviewed and edited, we need to get the book "out there"!
The money will go to fund the printing, distributing, and marketing of the book.
We also hope to make the book available to as many schools and hospitals as possible with the funds raised.
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