• How do i Explain to a two year old whats going on?

    Asked by NMbelievesLR on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    How do i Explain to a two year old whats going on?

    My best friend, my daughters God Mother is going threw treatment for Colon cancer which includes the 5FU pump for 46hours.. My daughter is still confused about this and doesnt understand except that shes has a "booboo" ,, I know she knows somthing is wrong but how can i explaine this to a two year old in a way she could understand.

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    • danellsar's Avatar

      I think that at 2, having a "boo boo", or is sick, is about as much as they can understand. I know that there are books for kids, but mostly aimed at older kids than 2.

      over 6 years ago
    • gigim105's Avatar

      When I was told I had colon cancer, my son was 2 about to be 3 in two months from then. I had to go into the hospital for surgery right away. I told him mommy was a little sick and the doctor was trying to make me better. We explained to him that he had to be gentle when I came home so he would hurt my boo boos. He was very good about it and always said he wanted to give me gentle hugs. It has been a very long year with alot going on, but I always tell him the doctors are making me better so we can do lots of things together. I do try to do as much as I can with him.

      over 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I agree with danellsar. At 2, just about everything is a new experience. It really is no different from things like "why do I go to preschool or stay with a baby sitter when mommy is at work", or "why did Aunt Mary move far away". It is hard enough for adults to understand cancer treatment, let alone a 2 year old. I would just tell youe daughter that she is sick or that these treatments are her job for now. What may be confusing to her is telling her it a boo boo. 2 year olds can identify with that but their own boo boo experience is that boo boos stop hurting (and therefore no longer exist) in a few minutes or a couple of days, so equating long term cancer treatment with a boo boo would be confusing to a 2 year old.

      over 6 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      I had an owie ( spelled wrong) to my granddaughter, that's the best you can do. I went back to my special needs class, they were young adults and showed them my port and explained cancer was a disease that got in my body and drew a crude pix on the board and told them how taking this medicine in this port in my arm would take away the disease...I then erased the little scattered cancer nodes in the pix...we do the best we can...

      over 6 years ago
    • ttisme's Avatar

      I am receiving the same treatment as your friend. My grands are 6,3 and 18 months. The way I explained my illness, is that TT is sick. I get hooked up to this machine on fridays, the medicine will hopefully make me better.

      The two oldest, figured out that they don't like the "hook up" as they call it and don't come around on those weekends! (thank goodness). The youngest and her mom are my "hook up" weekend caregivers, she kisses my "boo boo".

      I figured that all of this is beyond their comprehension, and kept it simple. I do get some awesome cards and pictures from the 6 yr. olds Sunday School class, on hook up weekends, with notes of prayers!

      over 6 years ago

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