Cancer is bad news. It’s frightening to even think about it. Now think how frightening it would be for your children to know you have cancer. How do you tell them? How do you deal with the trauma and the pain? How do you prepare for the emotional and psychological upheaval a family endures when a parent has cancer?
Peter Van Dernoot has gathered the real-life stories and experiences of over twenty parents who have been diagnosed with cancer. They share their deepest fears and their highest hopes as they provide the reader with invaluable advice, guidance and inspiration. Now including all-new stories from parents and advice from professional counselors, this groundbreaking book is a very special gift from families affected by cancer to families affected by cancer.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents:
Professionals: Sharing Their Insight
1.The Importance of Communicating with Your Kids About Cancer
2.A Look Inside a Children’s Support Group
3.Sharing the Journey with Your Child
4.Kids Count’s “Chemo Bear” Hits the Road to Meet Special Needs
Parents: Helping Their Kids Cope
6.A Little Understanding Goes a Long Way
7.“Mom, I Lost It Today!”
8.Do It With Love, And All Else Is Irrelevant
9.My Family Has Cancer
10.Ready to Enter Chemotherapy
11.Speaking With the Angels
12.I Am Ashamed
13.Something Is Wrong!
14.Goompa Has an Owie
15.I Love Life!
16. Baldy Head...Hair Head
17.Children: The Forgotten Part of Cancer
19.Yes, Mom, I’m Scared
22.“Manuel, You Have Cancer”
23.Children’s Support Group Was a Godsend
24.There Is a Purpose to All This
25.Teachers Can Make a Big Difference
27.Helping Kids CLIMB through Tough Times
Children: Expressing Themselves
28.From Gilda’s Club
30.Mom Talked With Me Every Day
31.For My Daddy
“Helping Your Children Cope With Your Cancer provides valuable advice on how to discuss the impact of this disease on the whole family. The personal stories in this book really show the importance of opening a dialogue for children to ask questions, share feelings, and gain the knowledge they need to cope with a parent’s cancer.” –Lance Armstrong
“Helping your children cope with your cancer...will be the hardest thing you have ever done and this book and the personal stories and programs contained in it will help you do it the best way for you and your child.” –Peggy Anne Murphy, L.M.S.W., Les Gallo-Silver, L.C.S.W.R., and Stacy Kramer, L.M.S.W., Cancer Care, Inc.
“This book provides an instant support group for families in which a parent has been diagnosed with cancer.”–The Susan G. Komen Foundation
“A remarkable publication, the first of its kind...essential to every family afflicted with cancer.” –William R. Nelson, M.D., former Surgical Oncologist Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center
Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer (Second Edition) by Peter van Dernoot; Contribution by Madelyn Case