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Parenting through Illness - Emerging Adulthood
Hi Parenting Through Cancer community, We wanted to share with you this short (14 minute) community education video all about parenting when your children become adults, whilst also living with an illness. We understand this is a really challenging time...
When Father's Day is Tough
Hi Parenting Through Cancer community, With Father’s Day this weekend we wanted to acknowledge the challenges this day can bring for many of our families. For some, it might be a reminder that your father is not physically present, although your bond It...
Parenting through COVID resources from Emerging Minds
Hey there Parenting Through Cancer community, Here are some resources from Emerging Minds re parenting through COVID that could be helpful.to you and you family. Sally, Canteen Counsellor :) ...
The Constant Changes of Family Life
As we all know, cancer changes everything. Young family members can often talk about feeling left out of decisions/discussions about what's going on while older siblings/kids talk about losing independence or feeling like their parents are being too talk...
Cancer's lost generation
A lot of the work our Research team do is based on better understanding what it’s like to be a young person with cancer, including the sometimes elusive idea of friendship and connection. How do we measure that? What value do we get from it? And how do...
Share your triumphs: what went well/right/or at least better than expected :)
Hi all, I'm Cara, one of the counsellors here... I'm new to this online space, but have been at CanTeen for about 3 and a half years, running camps and events for young people and families. It's been such an honour to read your stories - Fairywren's blog...
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Introducing my daughter and myself
For young adults aged18-20
Not being enough support for this age group
How School Can Help Your Child When They Have Cancer
It’s important to let your child’s school know about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. School staff can support your child (and any siblings at the same school), and make special arrangements with their assessments at this challenging time. Once the...
How to Explain What Cancer is to Your Child When Your Partner Has It
How you explain what cancer is and the type of information you give your child will depend on their age, how much they can understand and what they want to know. Here are some tips: How to Explain What Cancer is to Your Child When Your Partner Has It...
People not understanding
I've touched on this before, my daughter and I are living away from home as she gets leukaemia treatment in Townsville. Both her and I talk to social workers a lot but I feel that they don't really understand how a 20 year old feels especially when she...
How to connect with sons with ex-husband's terminal diagnosis
Two sons, 17 & 15 y.o. who reside with their father. I was only advised yesterday my ex-husband has terminal cancer, however he told our sons 2 weeks ago. There is very poor communication between us, however I am hoping we will connect over the next of...
5 Tips for supporting your family through a cancer diagnosis
Hi everyone ☺️ Sandy Cham, our General Manager of Services created this blog and video together with Cancer Council. She shares advice on how to talk to your kids, managing your kids' stress or anxiety, how to deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and...
Learning difficulties and tiredness after cancer treatment
Hi Everyone, our son had treatment for ALL aged 4 - 8 and thankfully has had no relapse. He is now 15. Although he is healthy, he has had a lot of difficulty with learning due to Executive Functioning and Processing Speed troubles. Additionally, he is of...
Muscles Deconditioned
My 13 year old son is receiving treatment for brain cancer & his muscles have badly deconditioned. I was just wondering other families experience with this? How long did it take for muscles to gain their strength after treatment? Radiation has also his...
Finding other kids in the same boat
Hi all. My husband has cancer and has only months or (fingers crossed) years to live. My 10 year old daughter would love to get in touch with one or two other kids (probably girls) in a similar situation to her but she is a bit young to connect with...
The Canteen Connect App for young people is here! 📲
Hi everyone, If you have kids aged 12-25 who are on Canteen Connect, they can now download our mobile app to get easier access to Canteen Connect. Or, if your kids aren’t on Canteen Connect yet, they can download the app to start chatting with and others...
Single mum
Coping with cancer and trying to keep my children on track with their School studies
A young person with cancer interviewed their mum about her experience
Hi everyone, Hope you're all taking care no matter where you are 💚 Adam is a Canteener who has been sharing his cancer journey on YouTube and Canteen Connect for Young People. "Really concerned. Just, you're in autopilot basically. We were just waiting...
Cooking for kids during and after cancer treatment
I found this really great article about cooking for kids who are currently undergoing or have gone through cancer treatment and thought I would share. "Cooking for kids undergoing cancer treatment poses its own unique set of challenges. These kids will...