by Camp Kesem staff
On the surface, Camp Kesem looks like any overnight summer camp – days filled with skits, songs, sports, and tie-dying t-shirts. But the camp, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, week-long overnight camps for children who have a parent who’s been diagnosed with cancer, is anything but typical.
What You Can Do for a Friend with Cancer
by Denise Hazen
Finding out that a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. For most of us, our first response is to make a chicken casserole or to offer, “Call me if you need anything.” These are both kind gestures, but what your loved one really needs is for you to take action.
Let’s Talk About Sex
by Melissa Donahue, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST
Sex is normal human behavior; however, it can be an intimidating topic to discuss with your doctor. It is important to remember that we are all sexual beings whether we are with a partner or alone.
Five Things You Should Be Sure to Tell Your Kids about Cancer (So It’s Less Scary)
by Beverlye Hyman Fead
Giving your children clear, honest information from the start will ease some of their anxieties and help them feel less afraid. Here are five important things to tell the children in your life about your cancer.
Help for Relationships Challenged by Cancer
by Karen Kayser, MSW, PhD
Going through treatment for cancer can be a lonely experience. Those close to you may not seem to understand what you are feeling. But the stress and uncertainty of your cancer is often felt and shared by your partner. People who are coping with cancer do not always recognize that the experience can be just as scary and stressful for their partners.
Five Simple Rules for Talking About Cancer
by Mary Beth Hall
After experiencing many times when telling someone about my breast cancer diagnosis and the person immediately telling me all of their problems in great detail, turning me into the counselor again and again, I wondered what was happening. Why were people putting me in this position when I was already tired from the cancer and the shock? It was completely wearing me out.
When a Parent Has Cancer
by Paula K. Rauch, MD
Experts consider open parent-child communication the most effective means for supporting a child whose parent has cancer. It is understandably upsetting to children and teenagers to learn about a parent’s cancer diagnosis, but open dialogue about diagnosis, treatment, and the effect cancer will have on the family dynamic is essential. Quality communication can be the difference between a parent’s cancer simply being challenging for a child or it becoming traumatic.
Angels Among Us
by Philip Chang
Imerman Angels connects a person fighting cancer with someone who has beaten that same type of cancer, completely free of charge. This one-on-one, mentor-type relationship is provided to anyone needing support during his or her battle with cancer, anywhere across the country and worldwide.