Talking to Your Children About Your Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

Your Child's Response

As you are telling your child, think about how he or she may be feeling. This will help you be sensitive to feelings that may pop up. Many children's first response to hearing the news is to ask whether you are going to die. While this can be a tough question to answer, you can reassure them that there are many treatment options and that your healthcare providers are going to take good care of you.
Your child's response can vary from being quite upset to acting as if nothing is wrong. In general, a child's emotional reaction will depend largely on how the information is relayed and the child's understanding of what cancer is. Regardless of how your child responds, try to provide them with reassurance and love, and allow them to feel whatever feelings they respond with.

Going on With Life as Normal

After talking to your children about your ovarian cancer diagnosis, you may feel that a huge burden has been lifted. Although you are battling cancer, it doesn't have to completely consume your life. You are a role model for your children, and they will follow your lead. However, this does not mean you have to put on a happy face or pretend to feel something you don't feel.
Expressing your emotions and being honest with your children will help solidify that foundation of trust with them, allowing them to feel open in talking to you about their concerns and fears. With that said, try to maintain as normal a life as you can, maintaining routines and schedules as best as possible.
While the road ahead is not exactly clear, knowing that you are walking it with your family, friends, children, and those you love beside you will help lighten the load.
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