Stories about: Teen Advisory Committee

Transitioning from pediatric to adult care: Insights and more

Meet some caregivers of the future: an aspiring nurse, a hopeful child life specialist and an ambitious doctor-to-be. They are all long-term patients of Boston Children’s Hospital, members of the Boston Children’s Teen Advisory Committee (TAC) and the proud writers and editors of One Step at a Time, a guide to transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

The guide, which is packed with tips and tricks to ease the transition from pediatric to adult care, is based on interviews with doctors, nurses and other caregivers. Meet some of the faces behind the guide, and get some additional advice about the transition from pediatric to adult care.

Hover over the photos to learn more about each young woman’s transition to adult care.

Learn more about TAC and get One Step at a Time.

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Teens: time to take more responsibility for your health

Claire McCarthy, MD

There are milestones of independence that all teens look forward to, like getting a driver’s license, having a job or going to college.

Being responsible for your own health care isn’t so much on that list.

But the reality is that once you turn 18, you become legally responsible.  Literally. Once you are 18, your parents can’t make health decisions for you, or even get information from your doctor, without your consent. Now, you might be willing to give that consent (especially if it means less work for you!), but the sooner you learn to take charge and responsibility, the better—because before you know it, you really will have to do it by yourself.

There are a few steps you can take to get yourself started. You can and should start these steps by the time you start high school, at the latest.

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Kids giving back to kids: Glen Martin – former Children's patient

Glen profileIt was another Sunday soccer game for 15-year-old goalie Glen Martin. He was ready to do anything to protect his team’s goal. While trying to block a shot, the opposing team’s player accidentally kneed him in the stomach.

When Glen was hit, his organs were pushed against his spine, lacerating his liver, puncturing his small intestine and severing his pancreas. He was flown to Children’s that night and operated on the next day. Glen spent the next 70 days recovering in the hospital.

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