My current internship involves developing a program for pediatric illness management. I propose that any chronic pediatric illness, whether Lyme disease, diabetes or asthma, cannot be treated without addressing the health and well-being of the child’s family. Siblings are affected, marriages and finances are challenged, careers are put on hold, routines changed, and plans deferred.

The module I am developing helps parents to acknowledge these effects, and creates a system for making personal and lifestyle changes that can help a child – and their family- heal.