For Friends & Family

A page for friends and adult family of parents with cancer

Please Don't Wave at the Oncology Floor

Please Don’t Wave at the Oncology Floor

I was the only patient on the oncology floor who was born after President Kennedy was shot.

Dead Beatles: What to Say -- and Not Say -- to the Kids About Cancer

Dead Beatles: What to Say — and Not Say — to the Kids About Cancer

I never thought that explaining cancer to my child would be scarier than discussing gun violence

Is Keeping Cancer a Secret a Big Mistake?

Is Keeping Cancer a Secret a Big Mistake?

by Lisa Adams I met a woman who told me something shocking. It wasn’t that she’d had breast cancer. Or had a double mastectomy with the TRAM flap procedure for reconstruction. Or that she’d had chemotherapy. What made my jaw literally drop open was her statement that she has never told the younger two of […]

Debbie Vinyard Wants You to Be Happy First

Debbie Vinyard Wants You to Be Happy First

My sons were six week-old and 3 1/2 years-old when I was diagnosed. I think my first emotion was freaked out and scared!

Got Cancer? Yeah, You Ain't So Tough.

Got Cancer? Yeah, You Ain’t So Tough.

My attitude did not kick cancer’s ass. The chemotherapy and radiation did.

Got a Parent with Cancer? Tell Your Folks What's Wrong.

Got a Parent with Cancer? Tell Your Folks What’s Wrong.

Don’t hold in your feelings. Ask for the help you need from someone you trust — yes, even Mom and Dad.