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    Cancer,  How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting

    How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting

      When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, one of the first things I did was head straight to the book store. I was looking for a book that would tell me how to juggle cancer and parenting my infant daughter. I didn’t find anything that provided helpful information or practical steps I could take to help ensure that my daughter still gets a vibrant childhood even when I have trouble getting out of bed. As a writer, one recurring piece advice I keep hearing is write the book you want to read. While not a book, this blog series on cancer and parenting is a step in that direction.…

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    Cancer,  How to Juggle Cancer and Parenting

    How to help kids cope with a parent’s cancer: interview with an oncology social worker

    The first thing I thought when I was diagnosed with breast cancer was what’s going to happen to my baby? I’m not alone in that thought, I’ve discussed the topic at length with my friends who are also juggling child rearing with cancer treatment. And it does impact the kids, but there are ways to help our kids cope with a parent’s cancer. Michelle Massey runs the Camp Sparkle and Small Talk programs at Gilda’s Club in Seattle. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a Board Certified Oncology Social Worker.  She got her start at Children’s Hospital working with kids with cancer, where she started to notice that the…

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    Cancer,  Parenting,  WW

    Camp Sparkle

    On the corner of Broadway and Union, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, sits an old brick building with a red door, and four stately white columns in front. Magic happens in this building. This building is the home of Gilda’s Club Seattle, and Camp Sparkle. When Gilda Radner was diagnosed with cancer, she learned first hand how lonely cancer can be. Gilda’s Club was created so no one else would have to go through the cancer experience alone. Gilda’s Club is not just for the cancer patient, but their family members and close friends as well. A cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. We all need a place where we can be…

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    Cancer,  Family

    Halloween Party

    On the way to the Halloween party, she started to have second thoughts about her costume. “But, I don’t want to be a dinosaur ballerina.” I assured her that she didn’t have to wear her costume. “I want to be a camel.” “I’m sorry, I don’t have a camel costume.” “Do you have a crocodile costume?” By the time we got to the party, and she saw that all the other kids were wearing costumes, she was thrilled to be a dinosaur ballerina again. This was the annual Halloween party for the kids at Gilda’s Club. Gilda’s Club is an amazing supportive resource for people whose lives have been impacted…