A Corner for Parents and Caregivers Fighting and Surviving Pediatric Cancer. As a Licensed Professional Counselor whose son was diagnosed with cancer, Adriana discusses all topics around Mental Health and Cancer that impacts the entire family system.
Introduction to Family ChemoTherapy
An introduction to Family ChemoTherapy: A Corner for Parents and Caretakers Fighting and Surviving Pediatric Cancer. A general overview of the purpose and the topics that will be addressed by Adriana Lewin, a Licensed Professional Counselor and momcologist.
What is social distancing and how does it apply to families with pediatric cancer? And how do you adjust to social distancing after your child's diagnosis?
Coping with the Diagnosis: Part 1
This episode describes the initial diagnosis and what you may expect at the doctors office. It describes the stages of grief that parents and families of pediatric cancer experience. Adriana discusses what life life changes you will experience, and how that can impact your mental health. She shares her personal experience of receiving her child's diagnosis.
For more information on topics, visit the website : www.familychemotherapy.com
Coping with the Diagnosis Part 2
Make sure you listen to Coping with the Diagnosis Part 1! Part 2 discusses the following about Pediatric Cancer:
Going to the appointment
Discussing your options with your decision making partner/spouse/significant other/other adult.
Trust but verify by researching
What to take to appointment:
take a notebook to take notes
Record on your phone
Be gentle with yourself and take help when offered
-You may not not what help you need until a little after the diagnosis
-It’s okay to say, “I don’t know, can I get back to you”
-Talk to your social worker to find the resources that are available to you
-Food trains! They are SUPER helpful!
Learning to take it one day at a time
Allow yourself to feel those emotions
Give your best, not perfect.
Discusses the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for cancer families.
Love and Belonging
I reference the article I wrote about being ghosted. To read that, go to https://www.familychemotherapy.com/post/ghosted
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Talking to Kids About Cancer
Talking to kids about cancer can be intimidating. In this episode, Adriana Lewin interviews Dr. Candace Chuyou-Campbell about ideas on how to speak to kids about such a big topic at all age levels.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
This episode comes with a bit of a disclaimer: My audio malfunctioned so I sound a bit like a robot. But the content is golden! I interview Blair Scroggs with The American Childhood Cancer Organization, also known as ACCO. Blair shares a little bit of the history of ACCO which is mind blowing yet fascinating. She also shares all the resources available at no cost to pediatric cancer families. She talks about Gold Ribbon Heroes and Founding Hope. All in all, if you haven't checked out ACCO's website, you definitely should! It is the largest childhood cancer organization in the US that is involved in all things Pediatric Cancer.
Head over to https://www.acco.org to find and customize an order for resources that can be sent straight to your home! I highly recommend the books for children and the Oliver's Story for siblings. Looking to start a non-profit organization? They will hold your hand! Hop on over and donate to this amazing organization if you want to support their mission!
An amazing support
I find her podcast to be a great resource across the spectrum. Her experience as a therapist comes through when approaching tough subjects. Check this one out!!