• Jackie McMullen

How to talk to your child about Leukemia


Not sure how to start talking to your child about their diagnosis? 🤷‍♀️

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Chemo to the Rescue: A Children's Book About Leukemia by Mary Brent has your back! 📚

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Consider using this as a tool to help your child learn more about their diagnosis in a non-threatening way. This book follows a boy named Kyle. It explains the jobs of red and white blood cells as well as plasma. 🩸

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Kyle shows readers that he too puts on Elma cream, has procedures and receives chemotherapy through his port. He explains that sometimes the chemo makes him feel angry but it doesn’t last long. 💝

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He has to go for blood checkups and tells readers what happened when he gets a fever. Kyle explains that once he’s done with the chemotherapy his body will be able to make healthy blood cells again! 🙌

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Some tips to get you started:

📌Look at the cover together ask your child to tell them what they see/ what do you think the book is going to be about?


📌Do a preview picture walk- without reading anything together look through the pictures in the book and talk about what you see


📌Start small- read a couple pages then stop and talk about what you read


📌Give your child time to ask questions


The more we educate our children about their diagnosis the more confident and empowered they will feel with their treatment and follow up care.


#chemotherapy #childlifemonth #childlife #pediatricleukemia #redbloodcell #whitebloodcell #gogoldforchildhoodcancer #childhoodcancerawareness

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