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Good Cancer Book for Kids

66Rose
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I have a sixteen year old boy and I would love to get him a book on cancer. I know he is having a ahard time, we have started him in therapy. It is hard enough being a teeange boy and he is such a Jock and hides his feelings.

I was wondering if anyone has bought a book or know of one for a teenager on Cancer?

God Bless,

Liz

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Moesimo
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Liz,

My heart goes out to you. I don't know of any books, but my boys were 14 and 18 and my daughter was 21 when I was diagnosed. I cried alot at first, but tried not to in front of the kids. I would drop my boys off at school on my way to work and cry all the way to work. I didn't think I would see the youngest graduate from high school. He is now a freshman in college.

It is hard to be a mom and go through this. I tried to be honest with my kids.

I want to add this disease is hard on all not just moms.

Moe

taraHK
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I'm sorry that I don't know of any good books for teenagers. My kids were 10 and 12 when I was diagnosed. I searched for books -- and bought several -- but they tended to target younger kids. My eldest is now 16. He is also a boy, a jock and 'stoic' (tends to hide his feelings). My younger boy is 14. He is more open emotionally. I think it is good that you've given your son an opportunity to talk with a therapist. I wish you and him all the best.

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StacyGleaso
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My kids were 2, 4, & 7 when I was diagnosed. With my situation, though, they never knew I was sick. I went to work everyday while getting radiation before work and being fed chemo continuously. I was SO fortunate enough to have no side effects at all, so that made it even easier. (understand, I am NOT bragging....I am just really really lucky! lol)

Now, they are 7, 9, & 12, and they know what I went through. Since my cancer was very uneventful, even though I was a stage 4, it was hard for them to believe I was ever sick. Now they worry about me constantly. Not worrying that the cancer will come back, but about things like eating right and that kinda stuff. When they hear friends of theirs talk about a family member getting cancer, they automatically give them the pep talk about "getting through it ok" and "they can survive." Not once did I break down. I didn't want them to think I was a wimp! lol I eventually explained the seriousness of everything and explained how precious life is. So I guess my lesson to them was learned, and I doubt any book could do that.

PLUS....from what I can tell, Liz, you are one unstoppable person. I'm sure your son sees that and is SO proud of you!

Best of everything,

Stacy

66Rose
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Joined: Dec 2006

Thank you ro the responses! If I was a writer I would write one. :)

I also have a daughter who will be 22 next month, she seems to be handling it better then my son.

After my first surgery in May I was in recovery and youall know how that is, in and out. I asked my husband a few days later, but I recalled coming out at one point for afew minutes and heard someone sobbing and I thought it was Andrew my son, and he said it was. It is very scary to see someone in recovery still hooked up to all the machines etc.

He is a very sensitive boy.....currently has a girlfriend and she keeps him on a roller coaster which is not helping.

I just thought a book would help explain things more then I can, soemtimes hearing things from parents goes in one ear and out the other.

He had his intake for therapy last week, so it was not much of a session, his first real one is Monday. I just hope he opens up and talks to the counselor.

Thanks again!

God Bless,

Liz :)

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