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Talking With Children About Breast Cancer on LBBC

Talking With Children About Breast Cancer is one of my favorite topics. Not because I love to do it (heaven knows it’s incredibly difficult), but because it’s so very important. Including children from the time of a diagnosis demonstrates that honesty is a core family value. And if adults don’t talk with children, please oh please believe me when I tell you that they always know.

The Silver Lining is that there are people who can help you talk with your children. This month, I am honored and excited to be just that person, serving as the “Expert” on the Living Beyond Breast Cancer website, answering questions about how to talk with children about breast cancer.  Below is the website description.

November 2013 Ask the Expert: Talking With Children About Breast Cancer

Telling your children about your breast cancer diagnosis can be challenging. Children of different ages will react to the news in their own unique way, and they may ask you questions that ...

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Talking with Children About a Cancer Diagnosis on ModernMom

Today, I am super honored to be a contributor to ModernMom discussing how to talk with children about a cancer diagnosis. You know that talking ...

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The Oklahoma Tornado – How to Talk to Children about Tragedy and Disaster


On Monday, May 20th, an Oklahoma tornado crashed through suburbs, leveling entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary ...

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How to Talk With Children about a Cancer Diagnosis

As you all know by now, I am a firm believer in and advocate for talking with children about a cancer diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis ...

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The Silver Lining Video Series: How to Talk With Children About Cancer

My beloved mother-in-law used to love the phrase, “It’s a Big Day.” She used the phrase quite liberally, which is one of the things that ...

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A Child's Goodbye

Yesterday, I had to have a sad conversation with a friend whose beloved father is dying of cancer. She called me to ask how best ...

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Just when I thought that life was really back on track and FBC was gaining more and more ...

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Helping Teens When a Parent has Cancer

Several readers have inquired about how to help teenagers when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Thank you for the inquiries. This is a great ...

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Teachable Moment

This morning, I woke up to: "Momma! Momma! There is a baby bird shivering outside on the patio!" Oh great. What a (non)perfect way to start the day. I stumbled out of bed to find a baby hummingbird humming its final tune. My heart sank. Where oh where is the Silver Lining here? Ahhh, 'tis an opportunity for a very special teachable moment.

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Questions Children Ask About Cancer

Since I've been home and recovering, Finally Five has been revisiting a lot of the original questions about FBC as well as asking some new ones. So, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share with you her questions and our answers.

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Bambino Red Gate Adventure

This weekend, the HOTY (a/k/a Husband of the Year) and our daughter Finally Five came for a visit.  I was out of my mind excited ...

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