When Your Mom Has Breast Cancer: Advice From a 10-Year-Old

Lauren’s mom Nancy was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer just after Lauren’s 10th birthday. Lauren just turned 14 and her mom is doing great. When parents tell their children that one of them has breast cancer, it will be emotionally overwhelming. Children will worry about whether or not their parent will die and what will happen to them. Here’s some advice for other kids who find themselves in that situation: Stay positive. This can be hard because children will have to watch their parent get really sick. For many, believing that they'll get better helps prevent constant worrying. Ask questions. Kids don’t always get the scoop on what’s going on. Sometimes adults think little ones don't need to know everything, but they often want to know. Parents can travel a lot for cancer appointments, but when they come home, it can be helpful to show photos of the doctors, the hospital, their hotel room and the restaurants they visited. Sharing details of what you did can help. Encourage your children to ask if they have questions. Talking about it can make everyone feel better. Don’t drop out. This might sound harsh, but try to get kids to keep living their lives as normally as they can. If they’re in sports or drama, make sure they keep going to practice. Try to maintain a normal schedule. Help them understand that dropping out is not going to help their parent get better, and staying busy can help them keep their mind off cancer. MORE: Six free things you can do right now to make breast cancer an easier experience
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