My children will be emotionally damaged by my cancer diagnosis…
Many parents with cancer are worried about how it will affect their children, especially when they have young children.
In this video, Mike Lang talks with Dr. Guy Pelletier who is a Clinical Psychologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and has worked with the Kids and Teens Can Cope Program that has been running for close to 20 years. They discuss some of the misconceptions about how to involve children in the cancer journey and highlight some programs in Alberta that can help parents.
As Dr. Pelletier mentions, many parents’ fears about the negative impact their cancer diagnosis may have on their children are unfounded. By maintaining as much routine as possible, sharing openly at an age-appropriate level and asking for help from a trained professional if difficulties arise, parents can help their kids through this difficult experience.
For more details on the Kids and Teens Can Cope program CLICK HERE.