Decide what you are going to say and how you are going to say it. Take some time to practice out loud, such as in front of a mirror.
Keep it simple.
Use words that are familiar and avoid complicated explanations. You’ll also want to use your normal tone and language, offering a realistic yet hopeful assessment of the situation.
Young children in particular may think that cancer is contagious so it’s important to let them know that they can’t catch MBC like a cold.
Asking if they have any questions can help to take away some of the unknowns surrounding MBC.
Develop a support system for your child by:
- Asking members of your extended family to play a larger role in their life.
- Reaching out to your oncology social worker to see if they have child-focused resources or counselors.
- Notifying their school counselor so they can monitor behavior changes and provide emotional support.
- Identifying another adult in their life, whether it be a coach or family friend, who can play a role in helping them grow.