Her husband got the news last week– cancer. (Again.) Their boys are one and four.
When she told me, I taught her boys a bad word.
Somehow it just slipped out.
Cancer is scary and big and makes me MAD.
When A Parent Has Cancer
Not knowing what to do I asked another friend, Michelle, a breast cancer survivor with two young kids. She told me, “Support her by taking care of the kids so that she can take care of her husband and not worry. Take care of snacks, toys, babysitting.“
Ideas to Support
- Food: Care Calendar for meals
- Communication: Caring Bridge for a blog
- Coffee chats
- Set up a fund for donations
- Toys and books for the kids (Cancer Gifts, Busy Kits)
Books About Parents With Cancer
- Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings
- My Book about Cancer
- Becky and the Worry Cup
- Once Upon a Hopeful Night
- The Paper Chain
- Someone I Love is Sick
- MyMommy Has Cancer — Michelle says, “It’s critical. It helped her understand what is happening.” Her daughter was three.
- Books on the American Cancer Society website.
Can you continue my list of ideas or books and make this a community project that will not only help my friend but others as well?
Have you supported a friend dealing with cancer and kid? What did you do to help?