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From Go To Woe: Family Member’S Stories Of Adolescents And Young People Living With And Dying From Cancer, Janet Anne Barling Jan 2011

From Go To Woe: Family Member’S Stories Of Adolescents And Young People Living With And Dying From Cancer, Janet Anne Barling

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The purpose of this thesis is to uncover, through families telling their stories, the experience of family members following the diagnosis, treatment, dying and death of an adolescent or young adult (AYA) family member. The decision to undertake this research was related to the lack of treatment, support and research for AYAs with cancer (CanTeen, 2005; Ewing, 2005), life stage issues for adolescents and their families (Grinyer, 2002a, 2007a, 2007b, 2008, 2009), and the researcher’s own position as a mother whose adolescent son had died of cancer.

Given the sensitive nature of the research study and the researcher’s ...