Explaining to kids: Mammy has breast cancer

Explaining to kids: Mammy has breast cancer by Yvonne Crawley - Book cover.
Yvonne Crawley

12 February, 2016

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I had to explain to my young children in a simple way what was happening. While I didn't want to frighten them, I wanted to keep them in the loop. I feel when you are honest everything is more bearable. For them this just became another event in their lives. As I was going through my treatment, my mind was drawing the different stages in pictures in a way they would understand. It inspired them to ask questions and there were many situations where we ended up laughing and helped me look on the good side of things. Should they ever face adversity again in the future they might be confident that things have a good possibility of working out for the better.

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