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My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Gr 7 Up-This well-organized handbook aims to guide teens through the experience of having an ill parent. Offering "survival tips" from those who have experienced the ordeal firsthand and including "words of wisdom" from trained professionals, it provides honest, practical, and heartfelt advice. Short chapters include "Let's Talk: How to Keep Your Family Communication Lines Wide Open," "How Things Will Change During Cancer," "Dealing with Stress," "The Power (and the Limits) of Optimism and Faith," "Seeking Support," "Facing a Dire Prognosis," and "Losing a Parent to Cancer." Readers are reminded that "cancer doesn't follow rules" and can impact families of any background. The Silvers effectively provide guidance and insight for teens seeking the ability to cope so that "the new normal" (a term used to describe life after cancer) can be realized.-Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, MEα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
An estimated one million teens in America live with a parent who has suffered from cancer. This guide for coping with the scary reality of serious illness is written by a father-daughter team who have had plenty of experience—Marc’s wife and Maya’s mother is a cancer survivor. Drawing on their experiences, the Silvers offer advice for finding solace in people who have been there and who have found ways to cope. The book is fairly comprehensive, addressing changes in a teen’s own identity as well as changes in family and homelife that are beyond his or her control. Pragmatic suggestions are offered, such as maintaining routines, finding artistic outlets for intense emotion, and using exercise to help cope with stress. Honest discussions center on both the power of optimism but also on facing the most dire prognoses and the very real possibility of losing a parent. It’s admirable that the authors don’t sugarcoat the realities of cancer and will speak with an honesty that teens will identify with and find comfort in. Grades 7-12. --Erin Anderson
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All that said, I knew there might be things she didn't think or know to ask, or worries she wouldn't express. I was looking for a book or resource for teens that would possibly help. When I saw this book up for pre-order I realized it hit that on the head, at least per the description, and went ahead and pre-ordered.
It arrived last week and my daughter has it in hand every time I look. She isn't reading it like a teen novel, but she is reading it, which is half the battle. I've made it clear she doesn't have to share anything she reads in there unless she wants to, and she hasn't, but I figure if she's still turning pages it's a winner.
I read the first 20 pages when it arrived and was impressed by the vernacular and the approach. It is definitely written for the teen audience, and has great information in just the first 20 pages I saw. In those few pages I read it talked about their reactions to the news, how to handle their reaction, who to maybe talk to, etc. So awesome, wish this book was around back in June, but glad she has it now.
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written from a teens perspective - very relatable
Think its a nice tool for kids to add to their support chain