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Coping Skills
By Sandi Magadov

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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) 956-9990.

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.


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