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Any ideas on how to tell my 10 year old daughter I have breast cancer?

Nikol Vega Profile
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Learning About Breast Cancer over 8 years
  • Surf  Momma Profile
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have a 10 year old and year old. I just told both kids one month ago. I told them when I knew I would not be hysterical about it. It is all in your delivery. My kids have been fine.
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Janelle Strunk Profile
    Family Member or Loved One
    Nikol, Be strong, but be honest. Most experts advise that you talk to your child about the cancer as soon as you are able to manage your own emotions. You do not have to hide your emotions, but be sure to wait until you can focus on the needs of your children and not your own. It might also be helpful to come up with an outline of topics that you want to cover, because your talk with your daughter will likely become emotional and you may forget what you wanted to say. Here is a link to a short article in Parents that may be helpful: http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/healthy-mom/6-ways-to-tell-your-kids-about-breast-cancer/ Also, remember that you are not alone. Not too long ago, on this site, someone else asked the question "How do I tell my kids". Click on this question and you can see some suggestions from women who have also had to do this: http://beyondtheshock.com/questions/561 I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but am wishing you the best. Stay strong and keep hope!
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Elizabeth Dycus Profile
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    Don't worry too much. When I was about eight years old, I was informed that my grandmother has breast cancer. I didn't freak out, so much as I was really curious. Now that I am getting older, though, I seem to be becoming more and more worried. But I think that if you tell her calmly, and you don't show that you're scared, she won't do anything rash. You should sit her down, explain to her what breast cancer is, tell her everything you know about it, and then you should let her know that you have it. But don't worry, she is your daughter, she will love you no matter what happens. Or if you are still worried, maybe have someone else tell her. But, again, don't worry too much. Be strong, be informing, and don't get emotional. Your daughter loves you, and there is nothing to worry about. Good luck! You will be in my prayers. And don't forget to raise awareness as much as possible! :) <3
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Ruth Brajevich Profile
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    I had to tell my 10 year old son. I would be honest and open yourself up but remain optimistic.. It is a scary process for you and your whole family. I wanted my kids to be able to talk to me, ask me questions etc.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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