To tell or not to tell? Most children find it hard to tell that their mum or dad has cancer at school. Still it’s important that you do, because then the teacher will know why every now and then you can’t concentrate. Ask your mum or dad to tell the teacher.
Your classmates Try to talk about it in your class sometimes, because then other children will know what it’s like at home. Tell them that your mum or dad often has to go to hospital, that being bald or wearing a wig is part of it, that having cancer isn’t at all nice. Do you find that difficult? Ask your teacher for help!
Stop thinking about it for a minute Maybe you don’t think about it at school. That’s good, because you can be busy doing other things. In that case school can take your mind off it. Maybe school is actually when you can´t stop thinking about it. Then your head is just too full and there´s no room left for maths or spelling. Tell your teacher and think about how to make it better together.
Teacher doesn’t want to think about it That can also happen. Some people actually find it scary to talk about cancer. Think of a plan together with your mum or dad and tell your teacher about this website.
Comfort Are you sometimes sad at school? That’s also part of it. Luckily teachers usually are very good at comforting you.
Swearing They sometimes say that swearing doesn’t hurt, but that isn’t true. Do you also get mad if “kanker” (cancer) is used as a swear word? Try not to, but do say you don’t want to hear it. Say that it’s stupid. Go to your teacher. Don’t start kicking or hitting, but do something about it!
Giving a talk Have you ever thought about giving a talk about cancer? You know an awful lot about it by now. Make a list of things you want to tell. Go and find leaflets and pictures. Ask the nurses in hospital for a drip bag, plasters, a sick bowl and bandages. Use this site. It’s going to be a super talk for sure!
Friends, children in the neighbourhood Make sure that your friends know what is going on. Ask them if they want to help you when you’re feeling down. And more than anything else go and do lots of nice things together!