When I was diagnosed with stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, I Googled “parenting with cancer.” I was trying to figure out how to navigate my children, then ages 10 and 8, through the harrowing summer (and fall) ahead with my cancer treatments — six rounds of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation.
I found a few good links and books, but no one comprehensive place for parents to find the information and “I’ve been there, too” stories I was looking for. I swore that if I made it to remission, I would change that.
ParentingWithCancer.com will grow to be the site I was looking for when my hair was falling out and my kids were being ferried around by friends and family. It’s the place where moms and dads can go to find out how to tell their children the words they never thought they’d have to say, “I have cancer.” It’s about the emotions you’ll deal with (yours and your kids’), the treatments you may face and the changes you will have to make.
Here, we’ll create a starting point for the best resources and information that parents with cancer and the people who love them need. We’ll also include “been there” stories from moms and dads who have faced cancer, and a space for you to share your stories and thoughts. Meanwhile, know that you are not alone, and that you can parent with cancer.
These days, I’m in remission, and my kids are in middle school. We made it through the treatments and the aftermath, and now I can create the web site I looked for when I was a parent with cancer.