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    Kaimacpeach asked a questionCervical Cancer

    We are looking for counseling support for my grandson

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      RedSoxFan

      While it's not counseling, my boys have benefitted tremendously from Camp Kesem
      (www.campkesem.org). For 5 days every summer, my kids attend a free summer sleep-away camp and are around other kids who have a parent or grandparent affected by cancer. Being able to talk to other kids who are going through the same sucky situations have helped my boys tremendously. We live a couple of hours away from the camp my kids attend, but my boys keep up with their friends from camp via text and the 'net, and it's been invaluable for them to be able to chat with other kids who "get it" when I'm in the hospital or they're being dragged along to oncology appts....

      Sending good thoughts for your family and your daughter and grandson.....
      (deleted because I gave an incorrect link, the new Kesem link is correct)

      almost 5 years ago
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      Kaimacpeach

      You all have given amazing support and so quickly! Just thank you all so much. We'll begin to follow up right away. And I'm wishing you and your families blessings and healing in 2015.

      almost 5 years ago
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      CrazyHarry

      I was the same age when my mom died after a 5 year battle with Metastized Breast cancer. It spread to her lungs and finally to her neck and brain causing a stroke which left her unable to speak or move. She spent the last 6 months in a nursing home where she passed shortly after her 41st birthday. I was third in a family of 4. My dad was not big into talking about it but we had a few moments when we had some pretty serious conversations.

      He was basically overwhelmed so he use lots of distractions. Summer camp, fishing trips, fun stuff, and of course the new puppy we got because my mom thought we needed a distraction. Mainly he did his best to keep things fun and happy with humor. Like your grandson, my school work went downhill fast, but I struggled to make it through school.

      I ended up with a pretty severe attachment disorder and tried counseling many times as a young adult. I never thought it helped but it must have done something, because I'm coming up on our 33rd anniversary.

      Is whole cancer thing is a terrible thing. And even worse when young kids are involved.

      My wife and daughter was extremely ill when my son was young and it had a profound effect on him. We did find an excellent counselor that helped him. Even with that he still has a big problem with attachment at age 30. Which really has my grandchild seeking wife upset. :)

      Well this whole post has turned into a rambling mess.

      I feel so bad for you and especially for your grandson knowing what I went through.

      One final suggestion is that writing helps. Maybe have him write some short things about how's he feeling. If he would like I would be glad to be his pen pal. It's 2 in the morning here and I'm up doing this.

      My email is harry dot Melamed at gmail dot com.

      Ok back to bed.

      almost 5 years ago
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