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Thousands of people every year find out they have cancer Over half will have to go through some type of chemotherapy or radiation treatment Both are extremely painful Their appearance will change dramatically and their physical abilities will become limited Just talking can and will become a chore Although many physicians and specialist try to comfort and prepare each patient it is those patients with children who find the whole experience tormenting They fear for their childrens future and how they will take the news Theyre unsure of when and how to tell their children especially those with younger children Children who are of the ages of five and under It is most difficult to explain to this age group because of their absence of understanding what it is they are being told They have a limited vocabulary and lack the ability to grasp the seriousness of the situation They do not understand that their parent maybe facing death To them their parent is invincible No one or thing could harm them So it is up to their parent to explain everything in a way to where they will understand Helping children five and under to understand their parents experience with cancer needs sensitivity and a good sense of timing Children may go through the stages their parents are going through disbelief anger reorganization hope and acceptance They may have special needs because of their ages During their parents illness their needs may change Children have the right to know about anything that affects the family as cancer does Children know something is wrong If they are not told anything in a way to protect them they may have fears which are -Page 2- worse than the real situation
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