It Doesn't Have to Hurt

"Believe his pain"

by Isabel and Tyler - Zach

#ItDoesntHaveToHurt, Chronic Pain

Age Group

Teenager (13-17 years)

Zach has experienced procedural and chronic pain for most of his life. Throughout it all, it’s been a struggle to get health care providers to believe him when he says something hurts. It’s even been tough sometimes for us as parents to understand that his experiences are real and different from ours. #ItDoesntHaveToHurt has helped to cement our conviction that the first step to alleviating his pain is to believe him. Then we can advocate for change and better care.

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IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University