This past December, we found out there was another cancerous mass in my daughter (stay tuned for that story). We’ve been on an emotional roller coaster–going back and forth from the hospital, having an unsuccessful surgery, and assuming that she would need chemotherapy. If this journey was filled with highs and lows for my husband and me, you can only wonder what our poor 4-year-old son, Kieran, was going through. “Why is Emily going back to the hospital? Why did her cancer come back? You mean she’s not going to have any hair?” These were all questions that he asked and we struggled to find the right answers. What helped? Books. My friend, Breezy Mama Karina, took it upon herself to research the best books to help explain to Kieran what was happening. Even if your kid doesn’t have cancer, but (heaven forbid) a sibling does get sick, or you’re trying to help out another’s child–turn to one of these. –Alex
What About Me? When Brothers and Sisters Get Sick.
by Allan Peterkin, M.D. illustrated by Frances Middendorf
Laura experiences conflicting emotions when her brother becomes seriously ill. Includes suggestions for parents to help their well children cope with a chronically ill sibling. [Read more…] about Books for When Siblings Get Sick