Having a child diagnosed with cancer is an extremely difficult and upsetting situation, whilst many friends and family members will offer you support and assistance, the people who can relate best are others who have been where you are and experienced it all first hand.
This is why we at Cancer Recovery have worked with parents who have had a child diagnosed with cancer themselves; to compile some simple guidelines and advice to help you.
Explaining to your child that they have cancer is an extremely upsetting process; this guide offers advice from parents who with the support of doctors, nurses, social workers and their families, have had to do this.
Encouraging your child to eat can be tricky at the best of times, during cancer treatment and facing the side effects of treatment this task can become very difficult. Our guide can help you figure out new ways of encouraging your child to eat the fruits and vegetables they need to get better. It also offers a quick guide of foods to avoid.
Many parents discovered that they themselves became run down and ill as a result of focusing so much attention on their child’s well being, this in turn made the child feel anxious that they had made their mum or dad ill too. By being more aware of your own health and making sure your mind, body and relationship with your spouse are well, you can be more effective at helping your child during their cancer treatment.
This guide will help you understand the activities and type of school work your child may be suited too whilst in treatment, it also details how some parents found their child coped with a reduced workload. Some chose to reduce all areas of education a little, whilst other older children favoured a more focused approach, such as limiting their GCSE exams to just three or four subjects they enjoy, so when they left hospital they benefited from sitting exams with their friends.
Through no fault of anybody, siblings of a child with cancer can feel sidelined, excluded or ignored by their parents and family in favour of the ill child. This can stem from something as simple as you spending time in hospital away from the family home without them. This guide offers some simple advice to make sure you maintain relationships with all your children by including them all in the treatment process. Simple steps such as taking them on visits to hospital, leaving them notes or letters in the house, swapping which parent is at home or stays the night in hospital, ensuring you attend parents evenings and other events important to them can all help healthily maintain and even boost the relationships with your other children.