A Child Asks You, “What is Cancer?”

A loaded question!  It must be answered sensitively, taking into consideration the child’s age and circumstance relating to cancer. A friends nine-year-old son was told, “Grandma is taking medicine that makes her hair fall out.” Really? Do you think a 9 yr old hasn’t ever heard of cancer? On the school bus, 9-yr olds hear about everything you can’t imagine. Surely, cancer is not a foreign word. If children aren’t told the truth, they can imagine far worse scenarios. Feelings of fear are often bottled within.

A child needs to be told the truth. Maybe not the whole truth, but enough considering the child’s age. Always offer to answer honestly any questions a child may have. Teachers and coaches need to be informed so unusual behavior can be addressed.

Don’t “hide” a cancer diagnosis from children – “seek” out the Talk4Hope book series! Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek makes cancer less scary for children, empowers children to cope with their feelings and offers tools for communication. Through vibrant photos and endearing illustrations, readers understand the life of cancer from the perspective of the cell itself. Charming and personable, Mr. C shares the rules of his game without arousing needless fears. Different doctors are introduced who look for cancer and try to beat Mr. C at his game. Recommended for ages 4-12.

By | 2016-10-14T15:18:20+00:00 July 19th, 2012|Making Life Meaningful, Parenting, Survivorship|0 Comments

About the Author:

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.

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