Oct 22, 2007 - 10:52 pm
I am recovering from kidney cancer. It has been 2 years since it was first discovered and 18 months since it was treated by having my kidney removed. Everything has been going well until my last visit. Something might be in my lungs. I am wrestling with a delima and am looking for input.
I have two wonderful daughters. They are 9 and 7. I sometimes feel as if I should find some way to discuss that Dad has cancer. To this point I have not discussed anything with them and my wife doesn't even want the word mentioned around them. The other day, my oldest daughter asked about what cancer was. It was hard to try to explain to her. She was asking in general (i am pretty sure). Are there any other parents of young children that are in the early stages (1 or 2 years) of recovery? I am interested to know how you are dealing with the illness and recovery in your family.
Please, understand that I want to not hurt my kids, but on the other hand I don't want them to feel like I was not being honest. I hope that there is someone out there that understands and can contribute.