Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer

by Dutch Childhood Cancer Organisation /Vereniging Kinderkanker Nederland
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Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Chain of Courage for Children with Cancer
Nov 5, 2020

Chain of Courage, an interview

Bloemenkraal
Bloemenkraal

Who is the KanjerKetting for? The KanjerKetting is intended for all children who have been diagnosed with cancer. -

How does this work? The KanjerKetting consists of all kinds of beads. Each bead represents a particular action, investigation or event. There are beads for blood samples or for scans. But also for a very good or a very bad day, the moment the hair starts to fall out, there is a bead for the start of chemotherapy and a bead for every chemo you receive afterwards. And much more. A child / young person can receive a bead after every action or event from, for example, a nurse, laboratory technician or pedagogical employee. -

How does the chain help children during treatment? The chain tells the story of the child. Every chain is different, because every child has its own disease story. The beads show what happened. For the child / young person self, their own process becomes very tangible and visible… literally. But also for family, friends, classmates, boyfriends and girlfriends, teachers, etc. This can be very important for the support and processing for the child and the family. The chain can act as a bright spot for the children. Getting the bead after a treatment or medical examination is often seen as a reward. The chain can also be used to explain to a child the things that are about to happen. -

Is there also added value for the family and environment? Yes. As already written, the chain makes visible what has happened. Not only for the child, but also for parents and family this can be a tool to show what it means to have cancer. Children often have long chains. When outsiders see this, they understand what the child had to endure ... how often and how much a child has undergone examinations and treatments. In addition, the tangible chain is a reminder of the disease process for many families. "Remember, then you got a scan, and then the chemo started, that's where your hair started to fall out" etc. The chain is a guide to the story. -

What do children do with the chain once the treatment is finished? When a child has finished his or her treatment, it is symbolically closed with the last bead: De Bloemenkraal (flower bead). An end to the chain that the children are looking forward to. Many children and / or families keep the chain in a nice bag or box. It is different how or where the chain is stored. I often hear that he is given a prominent visible place in the house. In others, the chain pops up every now and then when talking or thinking about sick time. -

What if it goes wrong and a child dies ...? Unfortunately, that also happens. Instead of the Bloemenkraal, the chain is then closed with the Vlinderkraal (butterfly bead) or the Hartjeskraal (heart bead). Families can choose this themselves. -

How did the chain end up in Belgium? Other countries often contact us because they have become enthusiastic about the KanjerKetting. They have seen these, for example, at international meetings where the VOKK is present. Or the KanjerKetting is known because it has been seen in other children. That is also the case with Belgium. People came in contact with our initiative and contacted us. That's how the ball started rolling. -

Is there 1 bead that children like the most and like the least? Every child has its own preference or own experience of what the bead stands for. It is sometimes funny to see which beads a child likes. The Regenboogkraal (rainbow bead) is a favorite for many girls. While the reason that a child gets this bead is of course less fun: an emergency admission. But which bead children want most, that is of course the Bloemenkraal! This is not only beautiful to see, but what it stands for is even more beautiful: the end of the treatment. Where all families work towards to! -


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