Blogs

Welcome to the CanTeen Parent Bloggers community.
This is your platform to share your thoughts on all things related to dealing with cancer as a parent.

by CanTeen
Turning to Google after my diagnosis was the worst thing I could have done!

The Cancer Council shares Mark Nye's story of surviving cancer. In March 2010 when Mark woke one morning rubbing his stomach, feeling a lump just below his right ribs. he booked to see his GP, who sent him for an ultrasound. When the ultrasound showed he...

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by CanTeen
'Just a Dad' - a widower shares his experience

Widower Chris Martin began his 'Just a Dad' blog after losing wife but in an interview with ABC Radio he discusses how sharing grief became an inspirationAs Chris explains, he started the blog to help him cope with the tumultuous time after his wife's in...

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by CanTeen
My Real Life Journey as a Pediatric Cancer Survivor’s Mom

Three years ago, Paxton was diagnosed with a form of stage 4 pediatric cancer. At age 8, he is now cancer-free. Paxton’s mother, Jamie, shares the journey her family has taken to make sure he received the all-around health care – both physical and needed...

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by CanTeen
A Bereaved Mum Braces For Christmas

In the words of Suzanne Leigh, "We’ve made it through Thanksgiving and the first anniversary of our gorgeous girl’s passing. Now we’re dealing with the “Merry Christmas”-es and shortly thereafter the “Happy New Year”-s. Ugh.For Christmas, I’d like my I...

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by CanTeen
We Can Be Better For They Existed

"And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be For...

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by CanTeen
The Loss of a Child: Stories from Three Bereaved Parents

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Bereavement Program, regularly sits with bereaved individuals, listens to their stories, and help them navigate their lives after they have been completely turned upside down.They recently spoke with three bereaved who...

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by CanTeen
Helping your child cope with their sibling's life limiting illness

My first child Danica was born in 1994 and my second child Tristan was born in 1996 when Danica was just 22 months old. For 22 months Danica was our only child, the light of our lives and she had our total undivided attention. I knew that things would...

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by CanTeen
The Truth About Parenting a Cancer Sibling

We talk a lot about how childhood cancer affects the family. But what about the siblings, specifically? 2016 St. Baldrick's Foundation Ambassador Cheyenne’s mom opens up about how her 5-year-old son, Tristen, copes with his big sister’s childhood cancer...

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by CanTeen
Communicating with Children about Your Advanced Cancer

Sharing Thoughts on tackling the tough communication issues with kids.I am privileged to work with an amazing group of women dealing with advanced breast cancer. Talking their children about what this diagnosis means is one of the toughest things any has...

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by Pandora Patterson
The system often forgets children of people with cancer; here’s how to help them

Every year around 21,000 teenagers and young adults in Australia are told their parent has cancer. The need to care for their parents often disrupts these young people’s efforts for increased social, emotional and financial independence.Young people rise...

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by Pandora Patterson
Life interrupted: young people need help moving forward after cancer

Around 1,000 teens and young Australian adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. It’s well known the disease has an immense physical and psychological impact on these young people. But the ongoing challenges of life after cancer treatment are less on...

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by Toni Lindsay
Worry me this, Worry me that!

What's in your young person's head?It goes without saying that many people don’t know what’s happening in their kids heads – and this is particularly true for when they are in the teenage and young adult space. Often what can happen is that cancer will...

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by Oliver Freedman
Supporting your partner doesn't mean you don't need help yourself

When my wife, Ramona, was diagnosed with cancer, our youngest had just turned two years old. It was a shocking and sobering time for us. There are so many things to consider simultaneously, our medical bills seemed to steeply increase with each hour that...

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by Elena Schiena
Making Exclusive Time with Family Part of Your Routine

In the midst of treatment commitments, side effects and managing the impact of a parental cancer diagnosis on the family, how does one make time dedicated to just ‘being’ with those you love? Between appointments, trying to keep everyone’s routines as as...

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by Kerrilee Hall
5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Daughter was Diagnosed with Cancer

I am a mother of an amazing young lady who, in 2017 at the age of 13, was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive cancer - Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN). At the time she was to our knowledge the only active paediatric case...

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by Ramona Freedman
Yes, you are important. That's why you should accept the help of others.

My Breast Cancer diagnosis was a life crashing moment. I wish I could sugar-coat this one and make it sweet like the jam-filled Hanukah doughnuts I keep eating at a rapid rate at this time of year! But I can’t. And the irony is, I’m a person who (I‘ve...

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by Cassandra-CanTeen
Connecting as a family when cancer comes along

Around half of the young people affected by cancer who access support at CanTeen tell us that they would like more time out from dealing with the impact of cancer and more opportunities to have fun. As CanTeen’s Senior Counsellor, this doesn’t surprise...

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"Everyone who is sent a bowel cancer screening test should do it, even if they don’t have any symptoms."

Parents Jenny and Mark Awburn have shared their cancer experience with the Cancer Council.Jenny says "In March 2014, just after his 50th birthday, my husband Mark received a National Bowel Screening test kit in the mail. I didn’t know much about the but...

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