There’s nothing scarier than discovering that your child has cancer. The word itself strikes terror in the hearts of people everywhere, and feelings of helplessness and sadness are sure to follow. But there is good news – childhood cancers are generally curable, and 84% of kids in developed countries recover.
If you’re dealing with cancer in your child, here are some tips to help you get through it.
The more you know about the disease, the less scary it is. And the more information you have, the less frustrated you will be since you will know what to expect. It’s a good idea to write down everything medical professionals tell you, since you might be numb and unfocused at the time. If it’s written down, you can always refer back and refresh your memory.
Hang on to Your Routine
You won’t be able to continue all your activities, but it’s recommended to hang on to as much of your routine as possible. Keeping up with some of your regular activities, whether they are laundry, grocery shopping or exercise can help maintain a feeling of control. In today’s world of cell phone connectedness, being away from your child for a short period of time doesn’t mean you can’t be in touch.
Get the Right Support
Friends and family members who want to help may not know what to say and do and can make you feel worse. Avoid spending time with these people and focus on being with people who can give you the emotional support you need. Get physical support as well, whether from people in your life who can take over caregiving duties, or by hiring home care professionals to ease the burden.
Nurture Family Relationships
It’s easy to get caught up in the medical issues and forget to have fun as a family. But relaxing and enjoying family time can help everyone cope with the situation. Whether it’s a few minutes of stolen joy or a full-fledged vacation, it can recharge everyone’s batteries and give them strength for the challenges ahead.
Stand Up to Cancer
If you feel like you need to be doing more, consider donating to organizations like Stand Up to Cancer, which funds cancer research.