It can be hard to know what to say to your children if you or someone close to the family is diagnosed with cancer. How much should you tell them and in what context should you put it? This article will give you some great tips to guide you through that tough conversation with your little one.
If you are going through chemotherapy, you should talk to your doctor about any alcohol consumption. Your liver is already working overtime during chemo to help metabolize the toxins, so any alcohol will be an extra burden. There are also other concerns with consuming alcohol so it may be best to eliminate it.
While chemotherapy and radiation helps in your race for a cure, it also weakens your body. Therefore, it is essential that you have a support group to help you through this time in your life. Members should include someone who can help clean your home and help with the preparation of your meals, a handyman, and someone who you can open up and talk to.
Attend doctor’s appointments with your friend or family member who has been diagnosed with cancer. These appointments often involve long waits and can be a stressful experience. Write down important information that the doctor provides about their treatment and prognosis; your friend may have difficulty remembering what was said later on.
Avoid any cosmetics that have tar in them. Tar can potentially cause skin cancer, if used on a regular basis. In addition to cosmetics, some psoriasis treatments and shampoos may also contain tar. Check your labels carefully!
As discussed at the beginning of the article, it can be hard to know what to say to your little ones when you or someone close to the family is diagnosed with cancer. Hopefully, this article has helped you feel a little more prepared for having that sensitive conversation with your children.