For Friends & Family
A page for friends and adult family of parents with cancer
Welcome, Mere Mortal of Cancer. Welcome to where we’ve all been.
Saying, “If you need my help, I’m here,” is a nice start, but many people don’t know what to ask for.
I was very careful about the words I chose to explain to my children what was happening to us.
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.
Somehow, our society has accepted as conventional wisdom that children have superior powers to work through emotional trauma on their own.
Go ahead and Think Pink. It would be nice, however, if sometimes you thought Red Instead.
A few weeks before the PET scan that would determine whether or not I was in remission from a deadly blood cancer, my brother asked me, “What happens if you’re not in remission?” “What were you thinking of getting me for my birthday?” I answered, and then explained that he was the number one candidate should […]
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.
Maya and Marc Silver understand what it’s like for the million or so teens whose parents have cancer each year.