Emotional cancer

Mickey Guisewite, Parent WIth A Purpose, shares advice for parents on how to best handle the tough emotionally charged time when your child has cancer
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Emotional cancer

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When my son got sick with cancer, he's not the only one who got cancer – we all got cancer. We had emotional cancer and it spread through the house. Fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, anger – it's such an emotionally charged time during a family's life. And it's really, really difficult. I think what we found to be the most helpful was to try to – like a monster coming into our house – just lock it out as much as we could. We tried to have fun family times together – we're a family and we were coping with this horribly difficult thing. But what I found to really help us was having fun family diners, going to the movies when we could, hanging out, joking, really, really, really trying to take the focus off the disease.

Mickey Guisewite, Parent WIth A Purpose, shares advice for parents on how to best handle the tough emotionally charged time when your child has cancer

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Mickey Guisewite

Parent with a Purpose

Mickey Guisewite is a former advertising executive and syndicated newspaper columnist who started The Bottomless Toy Chest after her son successfully completed cancer treatment. The Bottomless Toy Chest is a nonprofit organization devoted to delivering toys, crafts and hands-on activities to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients. Mickey lives at home with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, two cats and two turtles. When she’s not delivering toys to sick kids, she’s at home trying to find a tiny space on the couch among her two-legged and four-legged family members. 

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