An obvious amount of support on many different levels is required when approaching kids cancer support. From communication about diagnosis, to activities, and support groups, there are resources for families at every level of their journey. Even if you are not the family looking for these resources, you can still learn how to support friends with kids who have cancer.
Learning how to talk to a child about cancer can be difficult for everyone involved. A parent might be finding it hard to process on their own, let alone offer an explanation and kids cancer support. But, your child depends on you and the care teams for reliable and truthful information.
Some common questions may be:
Many pediatric hospitals have groups that can support kids with cancer. These are groups that know how to include fun while also expressing and working through emotions. This is a place for kids to find support and express how they feel without fear of making their parents or families sad or scared. Plus, children can find support here by building long term relationships.
Talk about how support groups can help children understand their emotions and situations they’re going through.
Kids' cancer support doesn't just end here. Cancer treatment is draining and very difficult, especially for children. Having strong relationships and fun activities to support them through treatment is crucial. There are endless lists of activities children can do to keep them entertained and keep their minds off of the difficult things they are going through. Here is a list of activities that MIB agents offer to support kids with cancer.
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If you are not a parent of a child with cancer, you may wonder how to support friends with kids who have cancer. First, it is good to be aware of the fact that your friend's whole life has been turned upside down and may not know where to start when asked if they need help. However, regardless if they ask or not, here's some way you can offer them support without them asking.
The most simple thing you can do is just keep in touch. Let them know you are there for them and just check in every once in a while. You may not know how to offer their kids cancer support, but you can offer them support.
Having a child go through treatment can really throw off the family routine. Maybe they need other children to be picked up from school, taken to after school activities, or brought dinner.
Even if you can’t flat out make meals or bring them food, you may be able to help go grocery shopping for them or help them prepare meals
Having company going to and from the hospital or other activities can take some of the pressure off and make it more of a fun outing
Your friends will be spending an awful lot of time at the hospital. Getting a gift card to one of the shops for the children or maybe to the food in the area can be helpful
Offer to do some gardening or house chores. It is likely your friends do not have time or energy to be as on top of things as they once were.
As a parent learning how to support their kids with cancer, the constant phone calls, emails, and updates can be draining. Maybe offer to call and make appointments or sedan needed emails.
Choose an activity your friend will enjoy or let them choose. It is important they get alone time too. Maybe you can offer to watch their kids as they go on a walk, go to a coffee shop, or just take a nap.
This may be obvious but fundraising can be a great way to show support. This could be raising money through schools, virtual events, or bake sales! Be sure to consult with your friend before doing something as they may not want everyone to know what they are going through right away. Reach out to MIB Agents for more!