They could have said no, but they didn’t when I asked if they minded if I told our story to The Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/kiddo/index.ssf/2013/03/when_parents_have_cancer_tips.html It’s totally honest – and personal. My kids still wanted to do it. All day, I worried. Would kids at school make fun of them? It turned out the opposite. Steven’s teacher brought in a copy of the paper, and Steven talked to the class about it. When he finished, his class applauded. While I was walking our dog Xena, another mom said the article will help her talk to her kids. She just got diagnosed as well. I told her I was so sorry to have her in the cancer “club.” It’s the kind of club you wish had no members. Anyway, thanks Steven and Livvie for being brave enough to let your crazy mother share your story. Hoping this article will help other kids.
Livvie, Steven, Brian and Xena, our trusty Bull Terrier.
4 Replies to “What to tell your kids about cancer”
Wow – how great! Not so much the topic – but the article 🙂 I’m in Venezuela right now so I’ll tell Chris to read it and, of course, save it!
It’s a great picture of all of you!!
Thanks Jacki, Brian, Steven and Livvie for sharing your story. Believe that many will benefit from your honest responses of what this has been like for you guys as a family.
You don’t sound like a crazy mom. I would use words like Awesome Mom, Inspirational Mom, strong Mom, and Loving Mom. I’m so glad you shared your story. I think it will help a lot of other kids and parents. 🙂
Hey Lisa, That’s really nice. Thanks for that!