"My Child's Diagnosis is Very Scary..."
|Your child's diagnosis is scary - whether it's the prognosis or the treatment or both, we understand!|
The First Step
Connect to Family, Friends and Community you trust!
Find someone to talk to whether they are a friend or a professional if you need to process your emotions. If you are overwhelmed, getting professional counseling can help steady your path. If money is an issue, see if there is a local organization or agency that does either pro-bono (i.e. free) or limited cost/sliding scale fees. Spiritual counseling is another option, depending on your personal beliefs, and can be a source of comfort. Journaling is another way to process your feelings. You can also talk to your own doctor if you are overwhelmed by the events surrounding your child's diagnosis.
|The Second Step||
Understand Your Child's Diagnosis
Make sure you fully understand your child's diagnosis and treatment options. This knowledge can help you advocate for your child during the process of treatment, as well as giving you the power of being informed.
|The Third Step||
Stress Management & Self-Care
Take care of yourself when you can. Get some exercise, even if you are at the hospital - you can take a brief walk periodically to stretch your legs. Stretches are also good, especially if you are holding a hospital vigil. If you are involved in long-term caregiving, then regularly scheduled exercise can help you maintain a better mood, help keep stress hormones in check, give you the ability to relax and sleep better - the list goes on and on. It can be VERY difficult to work exercise into your routine, more so than other parents, but finding even small amounts of time to give yourself the gift of exercise will give you excellent payback! Breathing exercises are also good for keeping stress at bay. Good nutrition is another factor to help keep you health and strong while you are going through this difficult time. Let friends help you by bringing healthy meals and snacks to your home or the hospital.
The bottom line: Don't forget to take care of yourself so you can take care of your child!
The Complete Caregiver Resources
Go to our General Parent-Caregiver Resources page
The Complete Caregiver Journal Workbook can help you organize your child's care and your self-care
You can email Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
OR use the Ask Lynn forum section for more specific answers to your personal situation. She cannot guarantee she'll know the exact course for you to follow, and she won't give medical advice, but she will draw from her experience and research to help you in any way she can. This is a FREE service!
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|(These statements and suggestions are in no way intended to be construed as medical advice or as advice from a medical professional.)
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