When your child’s treatment team gives you information about your child’s cancer, you may not remember everything. Considering the circumstance, this is normal. There is a lot of information and your emotions are going to be getting the best of you. You may want to write, tape record or ask a friend or family member to help you figure out the best way for you to retain all of the information. This will help you to be an effective partner with your child’s treatment team. Following are some questions that you will want to know the answers to:
Several years ago, I had a conservation with a mom who told me about the moments that followed hearing a cancer diagnosis for their child. All she heard was “blah-blah-blah… blah- blah,” and her body went numb.
There is so much more to those words. Some can’t even say the word “cancer” out loud in fear of giving it life and power. Others dive right into research, some get a second opinion, but most others just get pretty overwhelmed. It might be surprising for you to learn how young children show courage and strength and actually their concern is not their pain, but how you are getting through.