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Finding Similarities Between Tips and Life

Talking to Children about Cancer

A lot of people are frightened to mention the word ‘cancer’ to kids. You might not have the knowledge of what things to say if a person significant to your own kids has cancer.

If you or somebody else they love has cancer, it’s very important to talk to your kids soon following the diagnosis to build trust and to help them have an understanding of what’s happening. They’ll feel less fearful if they know you will always tell them what’s going on. Children feel frightened and alone when they have been told that “everything is good,” because they understand this is not accurate. They notice crying, whispering, changes in meal schedules and other family activities. Children have vivid imaginations, and also the things they imagine are worse than reality.

Reassure your children that you simply love them, and always ensure you have frequent conversations in the days and weeks that follow the cancer diagnosis. Allow them to ask you their questions and answer them honestly.

The Best Way to Describe What Cancer Is

What you say about cancer will vary with respect to the age of your kids. With younger children, do not get overly technical. Inform them that cancer is something that grows in the body but is not supposed to be there. It is kind of like weeds in the garden. There are plenty of methods to do away with weeds (pulling, cutting, weed killer) and there are a lot of methods to take care of cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, pills).

Explain that at times you might be overly tired to snuggle or play. This does not mean they should be upset. It is natural and normal to feel disappointed if your parent or grandparent is too exhausted to play.

In the event you are going to lose your own hair, tell the kids before it occurs. Clarify that side effects like nausea, hair loss, and fatigue, are signs that the treatment is working.

If your children ask if you’re going to die, don’t offer false assurances. Instead, respond by saying, “I have great physicians who are doing everything they are able to in order to make me well again. ” If your cancer is advanced, tell them you have great doctors who are doing their utmost to treat it. And you will let them know of the treatment’s progress.

Suggestions for Helping Children Cope

It’s okay to go with the kids to clinic visits if they would like to go. It helps some kids to find out where you are going to get well. Explain to them what is happening to you. Consider giving younger children things like surgical gloves or tongue depressors as souvenirs.

If some days(like chemo days)are worse than the rest, consider having a special basket of toys/goodies that just comes out on those days. You can as well keep their minds busy on certain things at school or back at home, like taking photos, while you’re the hospital. Have them take photos of their experience and, using say snapfish promo code, they can have them made to a photobook and share them.

The important thing to helping your children cope with a cancer diagnosis is to speak to them openly and candidly. Enable them to know they always have the ability to come to you personally with questions or for support, and that you adore them enough to tell the truth to them.