Talking With Children About Breast Cancer is one of my favorite topics. Not because I love to do it (heaven knows it’s incredibly difficult), but because it’s so very important. Including children from the time of a diagnosis demonstrates that honesty is a core family value. And if adults don’t talk with children, please oh… Continue reading Talking With Children About Breast Cancer on LBBC
Today, I am super honored to be a contributor to ModernMom discussing how to talk with children about a cancer diagnosis. You know that talking with children is at the tippy top of my priority list and I’m grateful to share this information to a wonderful new audience. Thank you to ModernMom for this opportunity! Here… Continue reading Talking with Children About a Cancer Diagnosis on ModernMom
On Monday, May 20th, an Oklahoma tornado crashed through suburbs, leveling entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary school. In the photo* above, a woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, May 20, 2013. How much more… Continue reading The Oklahoma Tornado – How to Talk to Children about Tragedy and Disaster
As you all know by now, I am a firm believer in and advocate for talking with children about a cancer diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis is always an f-bomb. There’s no other way to say it; however including children in the process – from the time of a diagnosis – is the most important thing… Continue reading How to Talk With Children about a Cancer Diagnosis
My beloved mother-in-law used to love the phrase, “It’s a Big Day.” She used the phrase quite liberally, which is one of the things that I adored about her. To think that we have lots of “Big Days” in our life is such a Silver Lining! Well, today is a “Big Day” for The Silver… Continue reading The Silver Lining Video Series: How to Talk With Children About Cancer
Yesterday, I had to have a sad conversation with a friend whose beloved father is dying of cancer. She called me to ask how best to deliver the news to her kids (age 9 and 11) and whether or not they should see him for the last time. First, can I just say: FC. FC.… Continue reading A Child's Goodbye
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Just when I thought that life was really back on track and FBC was gaining more and more distance from our lives, our daughter (a.k.a. Finally Five) dropped a big fat reminder that FBC is still at the forefront of her mind (even though she hasn’t talked about… Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Several readers have inquired about how to help teenagers when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Thank you for the inquiries. This is a great question. As if adolescence isn’t already hard enough, right?!? Adolescence is a time of exploration, experimentation and introspection. Teens strive to be independent while still wanting to taken care of by… Continue reading Helping Teens When a Parent has Cancer
This morning, I woke up to: “Momma! Momma! There is a baby bird shivering outside on the patio!” Oh great. What a (non)perfect way to start the day. I stumbled out of bed to find a baby hummingbird humming its final tune. My heart sank. Where oh where is the Silver Lining here? Ahhh, ’tis an opportunity for a very special teachable moment.
Since I’ve been home and recovering, Finally Five has been revisiting a lot of the original questions about FBC as well as asking some new ones. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you her questions and our answers.