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  1. Chris Coutts
    Chris Coutts April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm | | Reply

    Jen,

    What a wonderful idea. As you know dealing with cancer not only affects the person going through it but also touches family and friends. Although Cheryl and I are parents of a child who fought cancer and we dont match the profile of your new site…..we certainly can relate to many of the stories you posted. I so many times have just sat at the end of my daughters bed….late at night to just watch the beauty of her chest rising and falling with each breath. On May 19 we have her annual MRI……it will be 12 years out since her relapse and I worry as much as I did when she was scanned every three months. I often joke that it is my annual diet as I stop eating because I get sick.

    You my freind are not only a remarkable person but a great role model for all of us. Your site will give others a place to go to and well…..feel normal as they fight this disease. As I type this I think….”Jen…..awesome. This is so needed”.

    So I will leave you with that thought….AWESOME! All my best to you and your family. Love to all,
    Chris

  2. Nancy Stordahl
    Nancy Stordahl May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm | | Reply

    Jen, While my kids were older when I received a cancer diagnosis last spring, it still was very difficult telling them I had cancer, especially since they had just witnessed their grandma going through it and ultimately not surviving. So it really doesn’t matter what age our children are, cancer is always hard on them. I think your site will be quite valuable.

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  4. Elyn Jacobs
    Elyn Jacobs May 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm | | Reply

    great post Jen. When I was diagnosed, our boys were 3 and 4 years old. At first, we did not tell them, waiting until we really knew what we were dealing with. However, my four year old knew immediately that something was wrong. I got questions: “mommy, is one of your friends sick?” “is one of your friends dying?” Despite my answers, I knew he knew something was up. When I told him another mom would be picking him up at school, a first, he calmly said ok. So resilient, so knowing.

    Once we had a plan, we told them that Mommy had some stuff inside her that the doctor had to remove or she would get sicker. My older son, who had recently had some surgery, asked me if I would be going to the same hospital. I said yes. He asked me if I would have the same doctor, I said yes (okay, a good lie). He asked me if the doctor would be using the same tools. I said yes. He promptly told me that I would be fine and scampered off.

    When I returned, drains in place, that same son helped me empty them. He is now 9, and remembers nothing, but he learned a lot during that time and has become a caring, compassionate young man.

    We never used the word cancer, as my mother was losing that battle. She succumbed to that shortly after my surgery. To this day, I have not uttered that word to them regarding me, fearful that they would panic.

    Every child is different, so I am glad you are there supporting all families dealing with cancer.

    Elyn

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  6. Leisa
    Leisa April 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm | | Reply

    I’ve over the past several years, had to start using my nebulizer more, and inhalers. I got a cold a few months ago, that just wouldnt go away. I have back problems and get injections every 3 months. I have recently started hurting in the middle of my back, and thought maybe it is from my neck abblation i had done a month ago. I went to the doctor yesterday for a new line of antibiotics,and a chest xray. I just feel in my soul something is wrong. My dilima is that my adult girls, and i arent really getting along right now, and everything i say is just wrong or crazy to them. My oldest daughter is pregnant, and just past her first trimester, and i dont want to do or say anything that would be more stressful than our current relationship seems to be on her. My fear is that my xray wont be good, and i dont know if it isnt, how would break this to my girls. I know i should wait and see what the pronosis is before stressing about how i would go about this…but feel i need to be prepared to do whatever i need to do. Any suggestions?

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