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By Sandi Magadov
Friends & Family -
Don't expect them to know how to react or what to say.
Be specific in seeking their support, such as
baby-sitting, carpooling, a cooked meal, etc.
Siblings - Remember their lives have
changed too. They are also scared, and they may resent
the lack of attention. Do spend quality time with them
and listen to their fears. An excellent organization I
came in contact with was Candlelighters Childhood Cancer
Foundation. They put out a quarterly newsletter as well
as a youth newsletter, encouraging kids to tell their
stories and seek pen pals. For more information, or to
request a free subscription, call (800) 366-2223.
Chai Lifeline is another organization that gives support
to families with children who have a life threatening
disease. They can be reached at (212) 255-1160 or (305)
Although my son did not survive his battle with cancer,
I hope, through my experience, to be able to help other
parents cope with being a caregiver.