A Letter From Dr. Page
- Dr. Page
Dearest Redbud families,
I was just diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the lung, which carries a poor prognosis and necessitates that I start chemotherapy immediately. I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you that I will not be returning as your child’s pediatrician at Redbud. I have loved helping you care for your children; thank you for trusting me with their health and well-being. I am confident they will remain in wonderful hands at Redbud Pediatrics. Thank you in advance for all your support, thoughts, and prayers. Hug your little ones extra tight for me.
With lots of love,
Dr. Jamie Page
We are extremely saddened by Dr. Page’s illness. While there is no way we can ever replace her, our office will be reaching out to reschedule your child’s future appointments and help you choose another pediatrician at Redbud to move forward with. We want to respect Dr. Page’s time and privacy but are also here to support your family. We think it would cheer up Dr. Page and support your child emotionally if you want to send our office an anecdote or drawing for her. Please see the resources below if you need help in talking to your child about Dr Page’s illness and sudden absence.
Rebecca Reddy, MD
Resources provided by KidzCope, Wichita, KS:
1. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (a great book about empathy and kindness to help soothe heartaches and offer comfort)
2. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst (helps kids cope with separation anxiety, loss, and grief)
3. Why Do I Feel So Sad? By Tracy Lambert
Cancer Specific Books
1. Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Sliwerski
2. Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings – When Someone you love has cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids by Ellen McVicker
3. What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer? By Sara Olsher (comes in Spanish as well)