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Resources for Parenting when you have Cancer:

Parenting Children While you have CancerParenting Resources

Parenting is tough. When you have children, the impact of your illness on them is as big a concern as anything at this time. Check with your cancer center or clinic to see if they have a social worker who can give you resources available in your area.

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Angel Foundation

Angel FoundationFacing Cancer Together (FaCT)
For children and teens affected by a parent’s cancer, Sponsored by the Angel Foundation The Angel Foundation (Minnesota)

 

Cancer really sucks: info, resources, and support for teenagers affected by cancer

When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens: a free handbook from the National Cancer Institute

Camps and Retreats for Families and Children Affected by Cancer

National Cancer Institute’s Support Services Locator

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Information on parenting, talking to family members about diagnosis, child understanding
1-888-651-3038

Gilda’s Club  and Cancer support community:

Cancer Community Support
See if there is a Gilda’s Club near you. They have support groups, education, healthy lifestyle classes, social opportunities, information, and referrals for all cancers and caregivers. (888) 793 – 9355

Kids Konnected
Information, resources, and support for all types of cancers
1-800-899-2866

Kid Scope
Helping children understand cancer

Cancercare for Kids
Free counseling for children and parents
1-800-813-4673

Single Mother Grants is a site that helps financially disadvantaged families with finding assistance programs. Our directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, mortgage, rent, medication, education and medical bills.

American Cancer Society Resource List

The American Cancer Society

Join their online community to share stories, blog, and talk in an online chat room with other patients and
survivors. Visit cancer survivors network

Call the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-800-227-2345

Recommended Books for Children

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Books for Elementary Aged Children about Cancer

Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope With Cancer in the Family
Kathleen McCue
(Toddlers/Young Children)

Mom Has Cancer! by Moore-Mallinos

This book points out that a diagnosis that Mom has cancer is as frightening for her children as it is for her. The story describes such a situation, helping kids understand how Mom requires special medical care on her path toward regaining health.

The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer: A Book for Children Who Have a Loved One with Cancer By Carrie Martin and Chia Martin

Children need to share what they feel and ask what they want to know when someone in their family has cancer. The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer is a valuable resource in encouraging this conversation between children and parents, or other caregivers.

The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff and Wendy S. Harpham

In this book, kids describe their feelings and how they cope with their mothers’ breast cancer.

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When Someone You Love Has Cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids Ellen McVicker

A beautifully illustrated resource that can be used to educate and support any child who is facing the cancer of a loved one. The story, as told through the eyes of a child, lends itself to a simple and clear understanding of cancer. It also teaches children to realize the power they have to be an active and integral part of a loved one’s cancer journey.

Books for Elementary Aged Children about Death

The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst (Author), Geoff Stevenson (Illustrator)

I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas (Author), Leslie Harker (Illustrator)

When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one’s death. Titles in this sensitively presented series explore the dynamics of various relationships experienced by children of preschool through early school age. Kids are encouraged to understand personal feelings and social problems as a first step in dealing with them. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The story lines are simple and direct―easily accessible to younger children. There are full-color illustrations on every page.

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About Heather Erickson

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan 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 on Amazon.com.

The Erickson Family, Photo by Everbranch Photography

 

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