How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting Series: Stephanie’s Story

Just because you look ok on the outside- it doesn’t mean you are ok on the inside. Cancer is not like strep. You are not better in 5 days. It can take awhile (even years) until you are ok.

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Cambria Dodd Russell's Story

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Cambria Dodd Russell’s Story

Long term, I worry about a recurrence, about dying, about leaving my husband with 2 boys to raise on his own. I hope though, that this was just another experience among many in their childhoods. It will, no doubt, impact them. I don’t want it to dominate them though.

Janna Thompson

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Janna Thompson’s Story

I have been on both sides of the fence… having cancer and watching a person I love go through it. At times I do not know which is worse. Be as open and honest as possible. Try and laugh about it some of the quirky side effects etc. Laughter is amazing medicine and lets your partner know that it’s okay to laugh

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Karey Gauthier

How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting: Karey Gauthier’s Story

Cancer is a medical diagnosis, not an identity. It colors who you are just as any major experience would, be it pregnancy, pets, kids, diabetes, etc. However, it does not define you or your future.

For loved ones, give offers of help, but be specific. Patients don’t have the capacity to figure out what would be helpful most of the time. If you plan to do something in honor of the person, ask first if they are comfortable with that. I had a family member walk in my honor twice and make a big deal about it and want me there. I felt like a prize pig on display and it felt awful.

Sonya Davis

Cancer showed up with surprises: Sonya Davis’ Story

Sonya Davis shares her experience as a breast cancer survivor, and as the child of a breast cancer survivor.

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