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When Cancer Hits, Engage Children Actively

DC2by Deborah J. Cornwall, Caregiver Advocate and Author

The drive to protect our children ― to help prevent falls, ease cuts and scrapes, and deflect nasty experiences ― is at the core of parenthood. It’s baked in to the classic parental desire to “kiss it and make it better.” Yet if carried too far, to the point where we don’t level with children after a family member or the child himself is diagnosed with cancer, this drive can actually inflict lasting pain.

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When Cancer Strikes a Toddler, It’s a Tsunami of Concern

tsunamiby Deborah J. Cornwall
Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

Eric is a really beautiful child, and I say that not because I adore his mother, but because he’s really beautiful, with an ear-to-ear smile, dimples, sparkling eyes, and a thick head of hair that stops just above his eyebrows. His parents married when they were both in their 40s, so he’s a real miracle baby who is surrounded in a total cocoon of love from his extended family and his parents’ friends.

He just turned four years old, and he’ll be in the hospital for the next month, in treatment for over two years, and watched for the next 25 years. Eric was just diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma.

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Part Two – Caregivers’ Choice: Take It on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

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by Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the second of a 2 part series….read part one.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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Part One – Caregivers’ Choice: Take it on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

hopeby Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the first of a 2 part series….read Part 2 here.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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How Cancer Caregivers Heal

sunsetby Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

If only healing after cancer were as fast and predictable as recovering from a scratch or bruise. After caregiving ends, you’ll find yourself grieving, regardless of whether your care recipient died, fears potential recurrence, or has been declared cancer free.

Grieving is natural. Your life was turned upside down. You’ve gotten used to a nearly uncontrollable and adrenaline-fueled whirlwind of scheduling, reconfiguring daily life, and solving problems. Then, suddenly, the frenzy stops, and you’re faced with, “What now?”

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