|Recommended Reading – Straight Talking About CancerSometimes when you are diagnosed with Cancer its hard to know what is the right words and terminology to use especially when talking to children, how do we tell them and prepare them whilst trying to protect them and ourselves. I know from experience and felt so lost and didn’t use the word cancer initially. It wasn’t until 2 years later when another family member was diagnosed I looked to find something age appropriate that explained Cancer that was facts and she could understand and I was prepared. Below are the words taken from the website where you are able to purchase a copy or other books for different age groups. We have a copy of this book now available in our library if you wish to read it.
When a family member has cancer it is hard for everyone to understand. It can be particularly difficult when a parent or carer faces the challenge of trying to explain to their child what cancer means and how it may affect their family.
This booklet is aimed at supporting parents or carers with this task, and encourages open communication and questions about cancer within the family. Through pictures, captions and straightforward language, it explains how tumours are formed, what the various treatments are and how these may affect the person with cancer. It stresses the need to keep to family routines and, importantly, to still try and have fun. It is aimed at children aged 7 to 10 years and will work best when an adult is present to expand on the simple messages in the text.
Winston’s Wish is a great charity to help support children through cancer and grief.