Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer and Kids

Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer and Kids

by Deborah J. Cornwall


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This well-reviewed book offers clear, focused, and concise guidance for anyone responsible for helping a child understand what a cancer diagnosis means. Based on caregiver interviews, it offers cites key resources to help discuss cancer with children of different ages, manage cancer’s impact on their daily lives, navigate treatment for kids with cancer, and deal with children's grief if a loved one dies.
In direct language, the book is rich in guidance and resources (both references and internet links) for communicating and taking action in five areas:
• Sharing the Cancer News
• Managing the Impact of a Diagnosis for Children
• When the Child is the Cancer Patient
• Handling the Death of a Parent or Sibling
• Other Resources for Caregivers Concerned About Cancer and Children
If you're pressed for time and need to know fast what to do on these topics, you can't go wrong with this book. The references provided are comprehensive and will save you time and energy as you navigate through a challenging situation.

For insights about the broader cancer caregiving process, see "Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out" also by Deborah J. Cornwall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938842221
Publisher: Bardolf & Company
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer and Kids 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Cancer is a topic which, unfortunately, most of us can relate to in one form or another. Although there's quite a bit of literature out there describing direct experiences with this disease or offering help for the person suffering, there's little information available for the care-takers of such people, and even less for the children involved. I was glad to find a book solely dedicated to this often forgotten group. This is a help book, which delivers what it promises: assistance. Unlike many books, which try to give direct assistance through supportive writing, Ms. Cornwall helps guide parents/grandparents/and guardians to places, groups and communities where direct help is available. I found this extremely useful, since, so often, real help cannot be offered by general words. Experiences are personal. Problems are personal. And by directing individuals to real, existing support groups, Cornwall is helping exactly these issues to be addressed. Another thing I found exceptional in this book was the fact that it's based on openness, honesty and love. So often parents try to protect children from the harsh world, when this is not only unnecessary but often leads to more troubles than it solves. Children adapt and deal with these type of situations often better than adults. And I appreciated Cornwall's view on how to deal with the younger generation. Summed up, this is a great book, which all families touched by cancer should read. It doesn't try to sweeten the situation, but rather directs to real help and offers honest tips and opinions. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
KidCentric Keys to Helping Kids Deal with Cancer “Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is made up of tips from experts and heart felt stories gleaned from interviews with people who have experienced surviving the emotional highs and lows of helping children deal with Cancer. The book is divided into five chapters which focus on helping the reader better understanding how to better deal with children facing the complexities of coping with cancer. Topics considered in these chapters include communicating the basic information of cancer as a disease, what the child can expect as they move through the process, and the impact it will have on routine family activities. Cornwall also speaks specifically to issues when the child is the patient, and when a child loses a parent or a sibling to the disease. She also introduces the prospect of death and dying, and the process of grief in the case of the loss of a family member. The format of the book is reader friendly concise, yet compressive, filled with suggestions for resources available for further reference, reading or study. She includes website suggestions, and information available from the American Cancer Society. Cornwall long association with the Cancer Action Network and the Cancer Support Community validate and affirm her creditability and sensibility to the issues covered in the book. “Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is an important resource took for parents, pediatric professionals, family counselors, and social workers.  A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.