Parenting is tough. When you have children, the impact of your illness on them is as big a concern as anything at this time. Check with your cancer center or clinic to see if they have a social worker who can give you available resources for Parenting when you have cancer.
Facing Cancer Together (FaCT)
For children and teens affected by a parent’s cancer, Sponsored by the Angel Foundation The Angel Foundation (Minnesota). Angel Foundation has resources for parenting when you have cancer for Minnesota families.
Cancer really sucks: info, resources, and support for teenagers affected by cancer
When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens: a free handbook from the National Cancer Institute
Getaways for Families and Children Affected by Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Information and resources for parenting when you have cancer. They can help you learn what to say to family members about diagnosis, and help your child understand.
See if there is a Gilda’s Club near you. They have support groups, education, healthy lifestyle classes, social opportunities, resources for parenting when you have cancer, as well as information, and referrals for all cancers and caregivers. (888) 793 – 9355
Information, resources, and support for all types of cancers
Helping children understand cancer
CancerCare for Kids
Free counseling for children and parents
Join their online community to share stories, blog, and talk in an online chat room with other patients and
survivors. Visit cancer survivors network
Call the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-800-227-2345
Resources for Single Parents Facing Cancer (and their Widow(er)s)
Financial Help for Single Mothers Our site helps financially struggling single mothers with finding grants and government assistance programs. Our service is free of cost.
Financial Tips for raising children on a single or fixed income. In this article, you’ll find a breakdown of the costs of raising a child from infancy to adulthood. It also discusses how to build an appropriate budget to support these needs, and lists support systems to help provide aid for families in tough situations. This resource is written by Bankrate.com, the trusted source of financial data for outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNBC.
Single Mother Grants is a site that helps financially disadvantaged families with finding assistance programs. Our directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, mortgage, rent, medication, education, and medical bills.
Recommended Books for Children
Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope With Cancer in the Family
Mom Has Cancer! by Moore-Mallinos
This book points out that a diagnosis that Mom has cancer is as frightening for her children as it is for her. The story describes such a situation, helping kids understand how Mom requires special medical care on her path toward regaining health.
By Carrie Martin and Chia Martin
Children need to share what they feel and ask what they want to know when someone in their family has cancer. The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer is a valuable resource in encouraging this conversation between children and parents, or other caregivers.
The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff and Wendy S. Harpham
In this book, kids describe their feelings and how they cope with their mothers’ breast cancer.
Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When Someone You Love Has Cancer…a hopeful, helpful book for kids Ellen McVicker
A beautifully illustrated resource that can be used to educate and support any child who is facing the cancer of a loved one. The story, as told through the eyes of a child, lends itself to a simple and clear understanding of cancer. It also teaches children to realize the power they have to be an active and integral part of a loved one’s cancer journey.
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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
My book Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer, is available on Amazon.com
I also blog at Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker