Andie Rose has unseen health issues and a lack of understanding among her peers often means she feels isolated and alone when she is well enough to go to school.
At the age of one year, he was diagnosed with a chronic respiratory disease, tracheobronchomalacia (TBM).
It makes her windpipe tissue “floppy” and means the 12-year-old has spent much of her childhood in and out of doctor’s appointments and hospitals.
But one thing that gave her hope and made her feel like she belonged was working with Juiced TV, an entertainment initiative based at Queensland Children’s Hospital that creates shows and events with children they can watch while in hospital.
A chance encounter leads to a long-term involvement
When Andie Rose was six years old, she and her mother Domenica stopped by after a doctor’s appointment to watch a TV show Juiced.
Andie Rose was approached by a crew member to see if she wanted to be involved.
Since she was holding a toy caterpillar from the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the entertainment group asked her if she wanted to interview the QPAC team, which was producing a show based on the book.
Watching herself on Juiced TV, Andie Rose “felt very proud of herself” – especially as she was learning to speak English after returning home with her family from Bali.
For the past six years, she’s continued to do shows and events with Juiced TV and said it made her feel like she “belongs somewhere.”
“My medical conditions are invisible so I don’t really look sick so I’m often bullied and treated badly or treated differently at school and it’s really annoying,” she said. declared.
“I made friends, I feel like I belong, they understand when I feel like no one but my mom understands.”
She said words couldn’t describe how grateful she was for the experiences that made her feel “normal.”
“I feel like I wouldn’t have gotten over what I went through without Juiced TV because it really helped my mental health.
“I honestly love it, it’s honestly like family, it’s the best thing I’ve ever had, other than my mom, my sister.”
The AMA Queensland Foundation is encourage people to donate to their Christmas appeal for Juiced TV to raise $25,000 for a new broadcast-quality camera.
AMAQ Foundation President Dr Dilip Dhupelia said hospitals can be very scary and lonely places for children and their families.
But he said having their own TV program brought them “lots of smiles and lots of laughs”.