Parents with Cancer
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.
When Linsey Godfrey started feeling tired and cold last fall, she had a choice: take a pregnancy test or call her oncologist.
“She needed to talk about it, and my husband and I never tried to censor her.”
We can’t give 100% of ourselves 100% of the time. To be your best, and to give the best care as both a parent and a caregiver, you need to take time out for yourself.
I do experience a lot of mother’s guilt about missing out on so much of his life. He said to me, “Mum, you have been sick for all my life,” and 2.5 years is almost all his conscious life!
I did not tell my daughter because she was too young to understand. She just thought I had a funny/bad haircut.
When I was too sick to put the kids to bed, my daughter would bring one of her schoolbooks into my bedroom, sit next to my bed and read to me instead. She felt like she was doing something to help – and she was.
Caregiving Cancer: “I think one of my first thoughts was purely selfish: I did not want or feel capable of being a single parent.”
I chased her through the hotel, but I couldn’t find her. Then again, Lee Rhodes is tough to keep up with. She’d just spoken at Mom 2.0, the annual blogging conference held this year in Miami, and I wanted to hear more about how she’d launched glassybaby, a unique, colored glass votive company that employs […]