Child has cancer

May 19, 2018 - 07:01

Hi there, my twelve year old daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain cancer and I’ve been really struggling. I’m on a list to see a counselor but in the meantime and trying to live day by day. Feel like I haven’t been able to breathe since she was diagnosed in April. I can’t sleep and everytime I fall asleep I awake immediately afterwards and re-live the horror of what’s going on as fresh as the day she was diagnosed. Help

May 23, 2018 - 09:50

Dear Emma
I am so sorry to hear of the distress you are going through at this time. Maybe you could phone us nurses here on our Nurseline to discuss. We have trained volunteers who are parents of children who have had cancer and you might find it helpful to speak with one of them over the phone. We also have counselling service in the various cancer support centres throughout the country. These cancer support centres have other services such as complementary therapies/relaxation/mindfulness etc which might help too.
Do you think you could phone us on 1800 200 700 and we could arrange it for you to speak to another parent? Meanwhile we would also suggest you tell your GP in particular about you not sleeping and the distress you are experiencing. It is an extremely anxious time for you and we would like to help as much as possible.
Kind regards
Cancer Nurse