• Children

    Asked by MoesBaby on Friday, September 7, 2012

    Children

    Are there any children of cancer patients that are dealing with the diagnosis or have dealt with the diagnosis of lung cancer? I am having a VERY difficult time with my daddys diagnosis and I don't know who I can talk to that has had this experience before. My family tries to help, but it doesn't seem to help at all.
    Thanks!

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    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      Oh man - I'm so sorry for your dad's diagnosis. It is so hard.

      Here in Minnesota, we have an organization called Minnesota Angle Foundation - it is specifically for families facing cancer ... with the PARENT the one with the diagnosis. Our family went to a series that was for the parents and the kids. The kids went and did activities with the kids, and the parents when and did activities with the other parents and adults involved.

      I know of a similar organization in St Louis - it's called
      Cancer Support Community Kid Support/Families Connect. For parents and children up to age 16.

      Anyway, ours was great. It was called Facing Cancer Together. We met once a week for 6 or so weeks. My child had a great time, and he got a lot out of it. He got to talk to other kids with a parent dealing with cancer. Then, my son went to cancer camp, which was for just the kids. It was a daylong camp for pre-teens and an overnight camp for teenagers. He can't wait til he gets to go as a teenager. We also go to some other events periodically. He doesn't talk to anyone else about cancer... Just people through MN Angel. Makes sense, right? The other kids really don't understand what it is like.

      So, you might consider looking around for something like that. You might even be able to get some help from an adult at school or maybe from a trusted adult.

      So, I typed in a quick google search, and this site popped up. Maybe there are some good resources here.... http://www.oscook.org/support-groups.php

      Good luck. This is so hard. I hope you find something that will help you with all of this.

      over 4 years ago
    • MoesBaby's Avatar
      MoesBaby

      Thank you! I appreciate your response. I have thought about finding a group of some sort in Oklahoma, but I haven't really been able to find the time to do it. I work full time, have kids, hubby, house, and all that jazz. I am just reaching out to see if someone who has been there done that and can shed some light into it for me.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      Maybe this one:

      Childrens' Support Group
      When:
      1st & 3rd Mondays Monthly - 5:00 p.m.
      Where:
      Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, 10 West, 1200 Everett Drive
      Information:
      Alisia Davis, MSW[phone number redacted] Sharelle Hushbeck, MSW Ralisha Johnson, MSW Sherry Martin[phone number redacted] [email redacted]

      over 4 years ago
    • MoesBaby's Avatar
      MoesBaby

      Thank you! I will check into it and see what I can find out. I don't mind traveling if I have to, but I just feel like I am in this alone and I need someone who understands.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      Oh my goodness - I was thinking you were like a young teenager! Ha ha!!!!!
      There are tons of resources for adult family members of cancer patients....
      I'm so sorry for your dad's diagnosis. It completely sucks.

      over 4 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      I was a caretaker for my grandmother. She was more like a mother to me all my life. If you want to talk I'm here. It is sooo very hard

      over 4 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      Here's my number...two-zero-nine-nine-one-five-seven-three-eight-four.

      over 4 years ago

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