Breast cancer affects the entire family -- including the kids. Here are some ways to help them cope.
Young children are going to notice the changes that cancer causes in the family's routine, and those changes will define cancer for them, says Kelly Corrigan, author of Last Year, This Year (self-published, available at www.circusofcancer.org), an uplifting children's book about how breast cancer affected one young family for a year. Corrigan was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in August 2004, just days before her oldest daughter turned 3. "Cancer will be that my mom sleeps a lot, and my mom wears pajamas all day, and my grandparents are sleeping over, and people are giving me presents all the time for no reason. There are a lot of perks for a kid," Corrigan says.