Month: November 2008

Caring for children when you have cancer

As a parent, you’re used to caring for your children and putting their needs first. As a parent with cancer, though, you may wonder how you’ll go through treatment and still be able to look after your children. It won’t be easy, and there will be times when you’ll feel guilty by making your treatment… Read more »

Explaining cancer to teenagers

It can be hard to explain cancer to your teenager — not just because it’s a complicated disease and you may still have questions, but because of your own strong feelings about the diagnosis. Some people ask if a member of their health care team can meet with their teenager to explain it. Most teenagers… Read more »

Explaining cancer to school-age children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Explaining cancer to young children

Cancer can be a tough disease for people to understand, because there are so many different types of cancer and ways to treat it. Even though your health care team has explained the diagnosis to you, and has made suggestions about your treatment, you may still have a lot of questions. How will you explain… Read more »

Do I tell my young children that I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. But grown-ups’ thoughts about dying might not be the same as children’s thoughts – especially if those children are still small. For example, your very young children might get upset if they’re away from you for a while, but they won’t understand what a lasting… Read more »

Do I tell my teenager I could die?

Most people who are diagnosed with cancer worry about dying. When your teenager hears about your illness, he may also start worrying about your chances of dying. Should the two of you talk about it? While you make up your mind, think about these issues: If your doctor is hopeful about your chances of getting… Read more »

Speaking up: If one doesn’t work, try another

Contributed by: Brian C. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW. November 2008 In December 2007, I underwent gastric bypass surgery to help me reduce my weight. Although weight-loss surgery has been around for quite a while, it’s only in the last few years that surgeons have been able to perform it without making a long (6-7… Read more »

Be kind to yourself

Contributed by: Robin B. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008 I had fusion surgery at age 37 from T-2 – T-12 due to Scoliosis (curved spine) and chronic pain. I am still left with chronic pain to manage due to muscle atrophy, scoliosis, nerve damage scar tissue and multiple fusions. Daily anti-seizure medication for… Read more »

Being pain free, just for a moment

Contributed by: Lori S. Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November 2008   My husband wakes me up with a kiss on my forehead to say ‘goodbye’ before he leaves for work. He is smiling and asks me how I am feeling. This is the hardest question for me to answer. My lower back is stiff… Read more »