Child embarrassed, guilty, and scared?


Question from momOfOne: I get embarrassed when my friends see my mom. She looks sick, is always on the couch, and is bald, and now I feel guilty because she could die and I cry.
Answers - Joan Hermann I think that it's a natural feeling that a child would have, to be embarrassed. It would be good if you were able to tell your mom how it makes you feel. You can say to her, "I feel so bad that you're so sick. When I see how sick you are, it makes me worry that things are not going to go well." So, I think the most help is if the child is able to say to their mom, "I get really scared when I see how you look." It would be good if you could find out from your mom why she looks the way she does.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. It's very true, kids don't know how to differentiate between when you look washed–out because of treatment side effects, or if you look bad because the cancer has grown.

On Wednesday, August 16, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Kids and Mom's Breast Cancer. Joan Hermann, L.S.W. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about talking to your kids about breast cancer.

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