Helping a child with cancer
A child who has cancer must deal with not just physical issues, but a whirlwind of emotions such as fear, pain, and sometimes even anger. If you know a child who has cancer, you can help the child by:
#1 Showering him with extra love
You can do so by sending him letters, photos, cards, flowers, CD's, gifts or even emails. Basically, anything that will make him smile.
#2 Helping the child keep up with schoolwork
This will help him cope better when he returns to class. Many children with cancer miss school. To keep him in the loop, do update him of the latest news and happenings school.
#3 Provide him with an explanation
Explaining to him what is going on in his body, and listening to him, his fears and his concerns.
#4 Visiting often
It is good to call the parents first to ask when a good time to visit is. However, don't be disappointed if the child feels tired or is moody during your visit.
#5 Make them smile
Enlist people to send cards and silly, fun things to the child. A little fun and excitement go a long way toward alleviating pain and fear.
#6 Be a pillar of support
Don't break down or get angry infront of the child or his family. They are already going through enough, they need you to be strong.
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