This one’s been weighing on my heart a lot lately. Even though I am only now feeling the physical effects of advancing CLL and facing treatment, I’ve had nearly two years to think about it. Sheila and I are filling an almost parent-like role for our two grandkids (5 & 7) right now; we take care of them sometimes 6 days a week. We feed them, pick them up from school, put them to bed and make sure they get their baths. At this point, they really have no understanding of my condition and I have no good ideas about how to share any of it with them.
That’s my Grandpa & me. He died from a malignant brain tumor when I was 3 (back in 1967) and I had no idea that he was sick. All I knew was my best friend was suddenly gone and it deeply and negatively affected me for many years. I certainly don’t want to do that to them but don’t want to scare them or overwhelm them unnecessarily.
How do you talk to kids about scary stuff like cancer?