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when easter feels tough to get through: let's talk about that
Hi amazing Parent Connect community, So... the Easter long weekend is coming up. For some people here, that might have a particular meaning for you or your family, due to your faith or traditions; for others it's linked to holidays, and being with and...
Supporting Each Other
Share your tips and resources with other CanTeen Connect parents.
Remission and fear of reoccurrence
My son has been in remission for 9 months (Hodgkin Lymphoma), on surveillance and is doing well - he still feels anxious every time he has his bloods done, fearful of a reoccurrence. I worry about late effects and secondaries. Does the worry subside with...
Anzac Day Closure
Hello amazing connect Parents and Carers, Just a note to let you know the counselling service will be closed this Sunday 25th of April. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge and remember. If you need support during this time, you can reach out 13...
Mother's Day: sending gratitude, and making room for grief.
Hey amazing Parent Connect Community, Mother's Day is coming up this weekend... and for many people it's a great time to celebrate how mothers, and important maternal and parental figures, have impacted our lives. Including (but not limited to!)... Mums,...
You cant remember!
It's amazing how many times i have gone to a Dr's appointment with my husband and the Dr asks a question, he cant remember (chemo brain) and as my brain is in overload, i don't either, so i look through the phone and can answer everything....because i in...
How to Keep 'Normal' Family Routines
Cancer and cancer treatment inevitably mean some disruptions and changes to your family’s routines. Keeping things as ‘normal’ as possible gives your children a sense of security and support in the midst of all the chaos and change. How to keep normal...
How is everyone going at the moment?
I just wanted open up this chat to see how everyone is going at the moment. I know our emotions fluctuate a lot. The roll-a-coaster of cancer! Recently I had a 3 days respite from my husband. We were at the point where we had nothing to talk about except...
Queens Birthday Public Holiday Closure
Hey everybody! We just wanted to let you know that the counselling space will be CLOSED for the Monday 14th June Public Holiday. We hope you all have a restful day, whatever you may be doing. Here are some other services if you would like to speak to a...
A statement from Canteen: We acknowledge. We speak up. We commit.
We acknowledge the deep hurt that recent US events are causing and the painful parallels in Australia. We also acknowledge the disproportionate impact cancer has on our First Nations people. We speak up. Our young people, supporters and staff rightly us...
Comfy Bed Recommendations
My husband has bone cancer and we are looking to purchase a new bed for better comfort for him and also me. As he often wakes in the night which then wakes me. Can anyone recommend a bed which they have purchased which is comfy for the patient. His aches...
Covid is not the only germ I’m fighting
When my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer 6 months ago, I went into germ lock down. Cleaning the house, asking all family to update vaccinations, “you want to visit? You will wash your hands!!” Then I thought it was pretty good of the whole...
Favourite quotes?
I help moderate our youth Canteen Connect community and I am constantly inspired by the beautiful quotes they share every week. I wanted to share a new one: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain." What...
Coping with stress
Grasping the enormity of it
Dumb arse things people say
Upfront I'd like to acknowledge that I'm sure people just want to connect and I'm positive that the majority of people are coming from a place of love and support, and they don't want to hurt with the things they say. Nonetheless I've been hit with some...
Grief, change & loss through the holidays
Hi Parent Community, I’m Jerushah one of the CanTeen Counsellors. A topic of discussion as we head towards the end of 2019, how do you cope during the holidays? The holidays can be a lovely season of joy, family & friends, special gifts and delicious BUT...
Connecting as a family when cancer comes along
Hi all! My name is Cass and I'm the team leader here at CanTeen Connect. I recently wrote a blog which you can read here: Connecting as a family when cancer comes along link: What works for you and your family when you want to take some time to...
What do you do to keep it together
Pain I find it so confronting to see my husband in pain. His approach to pain has always been to walk it off, or if he hurt really bad... he would laugh. I used to know it was a trip to the hospital if he was laughing but not walking...
Teenagers
Teenager behaviour v mums mental health following breast cancer