For Child Life and Psychosocial Care Student, Emily Deimling, her Instagram Bruised but Brave is dedicated to creating an empowering space for young teens, kids, and adolescents who need tools, resources or just inspiration to know that they are not alone in this ever-changing world.
The inspiration of the page came from Deimling's own personal experience with health issues as a child. At eight, she was diagnosed with a tumour in her kidney, which ended up being cancerous.
“From there I had to have a surgery to remove the tumour along with part of my left kidney, followed by just under a year of chemotherapy,” she shares. “With chemo, a side effect of this is hair loss, and as an 8-year-old, hair loss is a massive loss and one that I was embarrassed to talk about. “
While she use to shy away from sharing her survivor story, Deimling decided to put herself and her story out there in hopes to help young children and teens feel inspired and motivated to push through it all.
“I think this platform offers a space for these kids, also parents and professionals to learn about what is involved in this intense type of treatment, in how it effects children’s feelings, and physical being,” she says. “Kids WANT to be involved in their health care and want to be told what is going on, they are a lot more resilient than we think.”
While obtaining her undergrad degree in Developmental Psychology, Deimling is currently studying at McMaster University in Child Life and Psychosocial Care.
“I want to be a child life specialist, which involves working with children, youth and families to develop coping strategies, or provide opportunities in hospitalization for therapeutic play, procedural preparation, and other interventions,” she states. “The program is so small they only accept 14 students a year here and as the program is growing and there is greater need for these specialists, I am sure it will increase, but it took me two tries until I got in, despite my background in child development education.”
Describing herself as creative, outgoing and sensitive, Deimling says what empowers her is practicing yoga and her own drive.
“I really do feel a sense of empowerment when I practice,” she shares. “I also feel empowered by my own drive or other people’s drives for things they are passionate about. You know when you are talking to someone about something they really love or want to do, and they just light up talking about it? That right there, empowers me. And I feel that empowerment in myself when I talk about something I love.”
To learn more about Emily’s journey and to see what Bruised but Brave has to offer, check out her Instagram page: