- Signs and symptoms of blood cancer in children
- Where should your child receive treatment?
- Physical responses to blood cancer in children.
- Emotional responses to blood cancer in children
- The immediate future of blood cancer in children
Many parents become physically ill in the weeks following diagnosis. This is not surprising, given that most parents stop eating or grab only fast food, normal sleep patterns are a thing of the past, and staying in the hospital may expose them to illnesses. Every waking moment is ﬁlled with excruciating emotional stress, which makes the physical stress so much more potent.
Parental illness is a very common event. To prevent this, it is helpful to try to eat nutri- tious meals, get a break from your child’s bedside to take a walk outdoors, and ﬁnd time to sleep. Take care not to overuse drugs, tobacco, or alcohol in an attempt to control anxiety or cope with grief. Whereas physical illnesses usually end or improve after a period of adjustment, emotional effects continue throughout treatment.