For children of parents with cancer
We both fought for our lives, for the right to see our kids grow up, but the odds were stacked against him from the start.
I was nervous to ask my teens what I did right and what I did wrong the summer (and fall) I had lymphoma when it came to parenting with cancer.
Go ahead and Think Pink. It would be nice, however, if sometimes you thought Red Instead.
But sometimes we take this responsible sensibility too far, thinking that we’re being good people when really, we’re just stamping a giant DENIED on our psyches over and over and over again.
I want to apologize for the way I may have acted, for the things I didn’t do and the words I never spoke.
Maya and Marc Silver understand what it’s like for the million or so teens whose parents have cancer each year.
We parents want to shield our children from the worst of our cancer, but in the process, we can rob them of their emotional rights to process and grieve in their own way.
So please have that awkward conversation about your son’s testicles. You could save his life.
When both parents get cancer, a teenager steps up to help out, pulling the family closer.
When one person in a family has cancer, it’s like the whole family has cancer, and you have to let everyone deal with it however they need to.