How Dads Can Cope When a Child is Sick

June 17, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

As his daughter endured two heart transplants, countless rejection scares, a brief coma and even cardiac arrest, Brett Butcher’s devotion never wavered. 

But the emotional toll of watching his child go from an active soccer player and dog-show participant to a frail hospital patient affected him deeply. Not being able to “fix” his daughter also brought on a feeling of helplessness.

“As a father figure, I felt like I needed to ‘fix’ the problem; that’s what fathers do,” says Brett, 42. “There wasn’t really anything I could fix, but I could learn as much as I can and try to figure out exactly what’s happening.”

Given that his child had been healthy, there was much to learn. 

Read more about Brett’s story and advice for other fathers of chronically ill children.