Mom and Dad just shared that you’re moving. You have to leave what you know and try something new. Moving to a new home, community and school can be hard, but also exciting.
Stay in touch with your friends after you move. Give yourself time to get used to everything new. And try these tips:
1. Tell your parents how you feel. If you feel upset or scared about moving, tell your parents or another adult you trust. Staff at your current or new hemophilia treatment center (HTC) can help you sort out your feelings. It’s normal to feel anxious about moving. Moving is a big change.
2. Be open to your new HTC. You might be sad to leave your current HTC and the staff you like, but try to give your new doctors and nurses a chance. They also want to take care of you and help keep you healthy.
3. Don’t stress out about adult stuff. Remember, your parents are looking out for you, so you don’t need to worry too much about grown-up decisions. They’ll make sure you’re in good hands at your new school and HTC. Let your parents do their jobs, and speak up if you have questions or ideas.
4. Find things you like to do. If you love painting or swimming, for example, find ways to do them in your new city. Ask your parents to help you find a scout troop, soccer team or choir you can join. Find a fun or interesting club at your new school. Explore activities and landmarks in your new town. Getting out of your house can help you meet new friends and see the positive side of your new home.
5. Get to know your classmates and neighbors. If you need to say something about your bleeding disorder, it’s OK to keep it basic. Explain that you take medicine that helps your body stop bleeding when you get hurt. It can be fun to teach others something new and it might even help them understand you a little better. Talk about other things about yourself—your pets, hobbies or interests.
Soon you’ll build the network of friends, support and activities that help you feel right at home.