Diagnosis in the Family
A diagnosis of childhood cancer in the family, whether in an infant, a child or a teen, is a traumatic event that triggers a range of emotional responses.
Typically the responses are often a complex mix of sadness, anger, frustration, worry, deep concern and unending love, just to name a few.
But one key to dealing with this conflicting wave of feelings is to acquire information.
Information is power: the power to help you make the best decisions for yourself or your child; the power to be in charge of the course of events, to the extent that you can, by understanding the situation and the implications of the decisions and options you'll be facing.
To help families in immediate need, here are the key areas of this Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation website, as well as companion sites, that will give you a good start on information gathering and on making the contacts you will need for networking and emotional support:
- Childhood Cancer Information and Clinical Trials in Canada.
- Terms You Should Know
- Childhood Cancer Facts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Parent and Survivor Support Groups in Canada
- Childhood Cancer Treatment Hospitals and Treatment Centres
- References and Online Resources
- Teen Connector
- Contact Childhood Cancer Canada