Step 1: Prepare for the conversation

It’s natural to have concerns about telling your child that you have cancer. Many parents worry that their kids will have a hard time coping with the news.

Keep in mind that you are a role model. Your child will learn how to cope with your illness by watching you. How you share this news gives you the chance to show your child how to deal with a serious illness or life event.

Think about your goals.

First, think about your goals for this talk. You may want to consider:

Kathy & Natalie
I remember thinking to myself, when you guys walk up here and come into this hospital room, I don't want you to be scared.

Kathy & Natalie

Kathy was a single parent of 3 teenagers when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Listen to Kathy talk with her daughter, Natalie, about that day and what she was thinking while she waited for her children to arrive at the hospital.

Setting some clear goals for the conversation is a great start. As you prepare for a conversation with your child about cancer, you may have a lot of other questions.

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