Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer, A Guide For Parents and Families
Is it my fault Mom has cancer? Will I get cancer? What will happen if Mom dies?
These are just a few of the thoughts that children have when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Now, this re-edited book, comprising 30 essays written by parents with cancer, their children and health-care experts, "provides an instant support group for families in which a parent has been diagnosed with cancer," reports the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And it "Provides valuable advice on how to discuss the impact of this disease on the whole family...," says Lance Armstrong.
When Peter van Dernoot's wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1980, no one knew of resources available to help his children cope with their mother's illness. During a three year period, he collected essays, letters, poems and drawings from patients and their families, hoping that their first-hand experiences would help other parent guide their children to emotionally healthy lives, no matter what the outcome of the disease.
Every family deals with cancer differently, but parents and medical experts agree: Parents should talk to their children about cancer as soon as possible, in a way they can understand. If discussed properly, potentially frightening experiences such as hospital visits and hair loss can be transformed into positive events.
Cancer does not have to traumatize your children. Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer provides insights into your children's feelings, and options on how to reassure them. In support of this effort, Bristol-Myers Squibb has purchased 20,000 copies of the book for families who will benefit from it.
Category: Health & Fitness - Diseases - Cancer; Family & Relationships - Emotions; Family & Relationships - Death, Grief, Bereavement
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: October 17, 2006
ISBN: 978-1-57826-231-1 (1-57826-231-3)