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.
Put traveling off for now! If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, it may be wise not to travel. First and foremost, you do not want to skip any treatments! Also, your immune system is weak and traveling – increases your risk of getting sick or getting an infection – which can cause major problems!
When it comes to preventing skin cancer, don’t forget your lips. Wear a lip balm with UVA and UVB protection daily. Reapply it often as well. The skin on your lips is especially thin and delicate. Forgetting to protect it can lead to dangerous burns that just might lead to cancer.
Learn as much as you can about your cancer diagnosis. Gathering information about the type of cancer, location of the cancer, treatment options, likely side effects and prognosis will help to alleviate some of your fears. This information will help you decide the course of treatment that is right for you.
Immediately after your cancer diagnosis, begin investigating insurance options. Look into whether or not your state gives assistance to people suffering from cancer. You may also want to research The Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act; it is important to make sure you are covered during this time.
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.