Facing Cancer as a Parent : Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

The Balancing ActFacing Cancer as a Parent

Cancer turns the world upside down, not only for the patient but for their family as well. It can be the hardest on children who are thrust into a life of uncertainty and emotional turmoil. Facing cancer as a parent means balancing the needs of all family members while facing the battle of a lifetime.

How to help your children through your cancer diagnosis

How do you talk to children about their fears? What can you do to make the changes that come with a cancer battle, easier for them? Where can you turn for support and help? How do you help them deal with feelings of sadness, anger, and even guilt? What if their parent doesn’t survive?

Facing Cancer as a Parent

Heather Erickson has lived with these questions and sought out the answers. With the help of Melissa Turgeon, Registered Art Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist, Heather shares the answers to these questions and more! Cancer doesn’t have to steal your children’s joy or their future. In Facing Cancer as a Parent: Parenting with Cancer, Heather shares the tools that have helped her, help her daughters as they’ve faced their dad’s terminal cancer.


About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Heather Erickson HeadshotDan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available at Amazon.com.

I also blog about living with cancer at, Facing Cancer with Grace.