A Corner for Parents and Caretakers 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.
Forgiveness with Dr Luskin
This episode Adriana talks with Dr Frederic Luskin about forgiveness that we face after misdiagnosis or being ghosted. Dr Luskin is a professor at Standford, an international speaker and has authored several books on forgiveness.
The book he has authored and recommends:
Forgive for Good
When Cancer Impacts Your Sex Life with Jenna Mountain, LPC, CST
This episode is JUICY! It is filled with humor and vulnerability about the impact of pediatric cancer on the parent's sex life. It provides insight and tips on how to navigate the AWKWARD and at times DIFFICULT conversations around sex.
You can follow her at @the_jenna_mountain and @aspenhausassociates
The Five Love Languages in Pediatric Cancer
This episode is all about using the 5 Love Languages when faced with a cancer diagnosis in the family. Deborah Barrs is informative and provides practical tips to use in your family when faced with Pediatric Cancer.
Deborah Barrs, the author of Strength for the Cancer Journey and several other books. She was educated and trained in the Five Love Languages before Dr Gary Chapman published this piece of gold book! She is an authorized speaker on The Five Love Languages. She is an author, speaker, and health educator who is passionate about helping people meet God in the difficult and unexpected challenges they encounter with a medical diagnosis.
I highly recommend the book Strength for the Cancer Journey. You can purchase a copy here: Strength for the Cancer Journey on Amazon. The topic is actually written for any person going through cancer with scripture and journal prompts to meditate and reflect on. So many of the topics were applicable to parents or teenagers going through cancer. A MUST HAVE!
Dr. Renee Exelbert - Child Psychologist and Author
Dr Renee Exelbert worked for several years as a Child Psychologist in Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.
After working with children with cancer, she was faced with her own cancer diagnosis.
Through her personal healing, she found a helpful therapeutic approach through exercise integrated with therapy to work through healing the body, mind and soul. She authored the book Chemo Muscles which is available on Amazon.
To learn more about Dr. Renee Exelbert, visit her website: https://drexelbert.com
She shares about her experience working with children in pediatric cancer and imparts some wisdom.
If you are or have a teen/ young adult dealing with cancer, this approach of therapy helps empower the survivor after feeling betrayed by their own body. For a parent, this helps work through the feeling of lack of control when faced with your child's diagnosis.
Alexandra Neenan, Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychology
Alexandra Neena is a Doctoral Fellow in her 3rd year of Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University.
She is a childhood cancer advocate and passionate about mental health in the field of pediatric cancer. Her Instagram is @Alexandra.Neenan. She is someone to follow on IG! She posts daily on mental health topics and research.
This episode, she imparts some knowledge and tells us about how she got involved in advocacy.
When Child and Mother Have Cancer: an Interview with Amy Sapien
It's hard to fathom that a child could have pediatric cancer, but there are times where both a child and a parent/caretaker have cancer at the same time.
In this interview, Adriana with Family ChemoTherapy has the opportunity to interview Amy Sapien, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, and the face to Pink_and_Gold_momma on Instagram. She helps raise awareness that cancer can strike more than once in a home and the physical, emotional and logistical challenges that it brings.