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Episode 6: Telling your children you have cancer Upfront About Breast Cancer

    • Medicine

Telling your child you have cancer is not an easy thing to do. When do you tell them? How much do they need to know? If you have young children is it easier to not tell them at all? On this episode, Kellie Curtain speaks with breast cancer survivor and mum-of-two Anita Ledger and John Freidsam from CanTeen about starting the conversation, dealing with a child in denial and the importance of keeping the lines of communication open no matter your child's age.
RESOURCES:

* BCNA's My Journey Online Tool (http://myjourney.org.au/)
* BCNA Online Network (https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/)
* Telling your children (bcna.org.au) (https://www.bcna.org.au/understanding-breast-cancer/talking-to-family-and-friends/telling-your-children/)
* My parent has cancer - support and information (CanTeen.org.au) (https://www.canteen.org.au/young-people/my-parent-has-cancer/)
* Dealing with your parents cancer (CanTeen fact sheet) (https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/dealing-with-your-parents-cancer/)
* Parenting Through Cancer (CanTeen booklet) (https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/parenting-cancer/)
* CanTeen Connect for Parents (https://parents.canteenconnect.org.au/)
* Medikidz comic book (early breast cancer) (https://www.bcna.org.au/media/2864/medikidsbreastcancercomic.pdf?_ga=2.164515263.1806646580.1564633102-239798582.1511476681)
* Medikidz comic book (metastatic breast cancer) (https://www.bcna.org.au/media/6076/medikidz-comic_cover-page.png?_ga=2.164515263.1806646580.1564633102-239798582.1511476681)

Upfront About Breast Cancer is a production of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Our theme music is by Tara Simmons (https://www.tarasimmons.com/?fbclid=IwAR01KQHrYvO3Qii6Kn9SPBBlLKK7gVziCJDgrSaDMT4DCQx5qxscevzDB0A), and this episode is proudly brought to you by the Dry July Foundation (https://www.dryjuly.com/).
Want to get in touch? Email us at contact@bcna.org.au, or call our Helpline on 1800 500 258.
Find out more about Breast Cancer Network Australia at https://www.bcna.org.au/ (https://www.bcna.org.au/)

Telling your child you have cancer is not an easy thing to do. When do you tell them? How much do they need to know? If you have young children is it easier to not tell them at all? On this episode, Kellie Curtain speaks with breast cancer survivor and mum-of-two Anita Ledger and John Freidsam from CanTeen about starting the conversation, dealing with a child in denial and the importance of keeping the lines of communication open no matter your child's age.
RESOURCES:

* BCNA's My Journey Online Tool (http://myjourney.org.au/)
* BCNA Online Network (https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/)
* Telling your children (bcna.org.au) (https://www.bcna.org.au/understanding-breast-cancer/talking-to-family-and-friends/telling-your-children/)
* My parent has cancer - support and information (CanTeen.org.au) (https://www.canteen.org.au/young-people/my-parent-has-cancer/)
* Dealing with your parents cancer (CanTeen fact sheet) (https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/dealing-with-your-parents-cancer/)
* Parenting Through Cancer (CanTeen booklet) (https://www.canteen.org.au/resource/parenting-cancer/)
* CanTeen Connect for Parents (https://parents.canteenconnect.org.au/)
* Medikidz comic book (early breast cancer) (https://www.bcna.org.au/media/2864/medikidsbreastcancercomic.pdf?_ga=2.164515263.1806646580.1564633102-239798582.1511476681)
* Medikidz comic book (metastatic breast cancer) (https://www.bcna.org.au/media/6076/medikidz-comic_cover-page.png?_ga=2.164515263.1806646580.1564633102-239798582.1511476681)

Upfront About Breast Cancer is a production of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Our theme music is by Tara Simmons (https://www.tarasimmons.com/?fbclid=IwAR01KQHrYvO3Qii6Kn9SPBBlLKK7gVziCJDgrSaDMT4DCQx5qxscevzDB0A), and this episode is proudly brought to you by the Dry July Foundation (https://www.dryjuly.com/).
Want to get in touch? Email us at contact@bcna.org.au, or call our Helpline on 1800 500 258.
Find out more about Breast Cancer Network Australia at https://www.bcna.org.au/ (https://www.bcna.org.au/)

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