Cancer Book for Kids: Someone I Love is Sick

Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the Family is a customizable book to use when talking with kids ages 2-6 years old when a parent or grandparent  has cancer. Pages can be selected to address the family’s specific cancer situation including diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence and, if need be, end of life.

Someone I Love is Sick provides educational information, addresses emotional responses and can be used by families and health care professionals.

Someone I Love is Sick addresses the unique learning capabilities and needs of very young children. They are sensitive to changes in their families, but their capacity for understanding and coping with these changes is limited by their attention span, language level, understanding of time sequencing and retention abilities.

Many young children learn well from being told or read stories, but the story must respect the specific developmental abilities of this age group. At the current time, there are no materials developed to help them understand and cope with the reality of a parent or grandparent with cancer. For a story to be most effective, it should be designed to be specific to that family, that child and that cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Someone I Love is Sick has been developed in such a way that it can be adapted by parents, guardians or health care professionals to be used in many situations involving a parent or grandparent with cancer, making this the best book for children about cancer. The pages are loose-leaf, pre-printed pages of the many realities of cancer in the family, all at a pre-school level, with instructions for how to select the appropriate pages. Guidelines are provided so that parents or guardians using Someone I Love is Sick have the tools and the autonomy to help their own kids.

Publisher’s Note – The Gathering Place Press (TGPP) neither represents nor guarantees that the practices described herein will, if followed, ensure safe and effective patient care.  The recommendations contained in this book reflect TGPP’s judgement regarding the state of general knowledge and practice in the field as of the date of publication.  The recommendations may not be appropriate for use in all circumstances.  The author and publisher cannot be held responsible for any liability incurred as a consequence of the use or application of any of the contents of this book.