When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children

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Harper Collins, Sep 21, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
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At some point in our lives, many of us will face the crisis of an unexpected illness. For parents, the fear, anxiety and confusion resulting from a cancer diagnosis can be particularly devastating.

When A Parent Has Cancer is a book for families written from the heart of experience. A mother, physician, and cancer survivor, Dr Wendy Harpham offers clear, direct, and sympathetic advice for parents challenged with the task of raising normal, healthy children while they struggle with a potentially life–threatening disease.

Dr Harpham lays the groundwork of her book with specific plans for helping children through the upheaval of a parent's diagnosis and treatment, remission and recovery, and if necessary, confronting the possibility of death. She emphasises the importance of being honest with children about the gravity of the illness, while assuring them that their basic needs will always be met.

Included is Becky and the Worry Cup, an illustrated children's book that tells the story of a seven–year–old girl's experiences with her mother's cancer.


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Harpham (After Cancer, LJ 8/94) deals here with "the difficulties of raising children when a parent has cancer and proposes approaches for preventing and responding to common problems in a healthy way ... Read full review


Our Story
Meeting Your Childrens Fundamental Needs
Caring for Your Children Through the Crisis of a New Diagnosis
Caring for Your Children Beyond the First Few Weeks
Grief Fear and Childrens Other Emotions
5 Helping Your Children Live with Uncertainty and Tame Their Fear of Death
Teenagers Single Parents the Well Spouse
7 Taking Care of You
Caring for the Children When Cancer Recurs or Becomes a Chronic Disease

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About the author (2004)

Wendy Schlessel Harpham, is an internist in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life and Diagnosis Cancer: Your Guide Through the First Few Months.

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