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Being strong for my daughter

Any other parents have a child/ young adult who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma?

Grief, change & loss through the holidays

Hi Parent Community, I’m Jerushah one of the CanTeen Counsellors. A topic of discussion as we head towards the end of 2019, how do you cope during the holidays? The holidays can be a lovely season of joy, family & friends, special gifts and delicious it...

Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to the CanTeen Connect Parent Forums. Tell us about yourself. :)

How School Can Help Your Child When They Have Cancer

It’s important to let your child’s school know about their cancer diagnosis and treatment. School staff can support your child (and any siblings at the same school), and make special arrangements with their assessments at this challenging time. Once the...

Dealing With the Fear of Recurrence When Your Child Survived Cancer

It is very common for parents of a child who has had cancer to be afraid of cancer coming back (recurrence). Of course it’s also normal for your child and other members of the family to share the same fear. Here are some tips on how to cope with...

14year old boy teenage issues

Hi, I am a parent of 2 boys (10&14 year olds). I was diagnosed with a liver cancer in September 2019. My husband (the boys father), passed away in a motor accident 7.5years ago. And I’ve repartnered in the last few years. My partner has been living with...

Australian Fires: supporting your kids at this unpredictable time

Hi Canteen Connect Parent community, We wanted to acknowledge the bushfires burning around Australia at the moment, and check in with you to see how you’re being impacted. These kind of events can feel really overwhelming, unpredictable and out of We're...

Moving Forward with Grief

Hey all... Cara from the Online Team here. I was a bit inspired by the "Dumb Arse Things People Say" thread, to start the convo here about grief, and perhaps what others told you to expect when your loved one died, and in the time since.

There's a great...

Navigating the Holiday Season

This time of year puts a lot of pressure on us to feel joyful. But what if we are ill or grieving?

Here are a couple of resources that discuss grief and coping during the holiday season:

No Filter Podcast: The Empty Chair At The Christmas Adult “How...

Supporting young people through end of school exams

Hi all, With the end of school exams (called the HSC here in NSW) and trial exams coming up, what kind of tips and strategies do you use to help your child get through when dealing with the added stress of cancer?

Connect With Us on the 25th: what are you up to?

Hey amazing Connect Parents... Cara here, one of the online counsellors. As we approach the 25th December, it can be a pretty weird/lonely/confusing/comedic/dark/uncomfortable/quiet/loud/everything/nothing time for many of us.

So let's chat, no matter a...

Dumb arse things people say

Upfront I'd like to acknowledge that I'm sure people just want to connect and I'm positive that the majority of people are coming from a place of love and support, and they don't want to hurt with the things they say. Nonetheless I've been hit with some...

Months to live and all just so numb

So we were told this week that Luke has weeks to months to live and if he makes Xmas that is awesome.

We have been down this path before but with longer timeframes and it is all just surreal. We have been lucky enough to out live life expectancy by...

Comfy Bed Recommendations

My husband has bone cancer and we are looking to purchase a new bed for better comfort for him and also me. As he often wakes in the night which then wakes me.

Can anyone recommend a bed which they have purchased which is comfy for the patient. His...

NDIS

Has anyone with a partner with cancer had any luck getting NDIS? My husband was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014 now in remission and kidney failure in 2016 now on dialysis. He has multiple functional disabilities caused from his medical conditions....

How is everyone going at the moment?

I just wanted open up this chat to see how everyone is going at the moment.

I know our emotions fluctuate a lot. The roll-a-coaster of cancer!

Recently I had a 3 days respite from my husband. We were at the point where we had nothing to talk about...

Family communication and mobile technology

When we're talking to parents about how to best communicate to their kids, we here at the CanTeen Connect team often talk about one main topic of frustration - mobiles! And importantly, encouraging young people to look up from their screens for long to...

To financially or emotionally be stable

So I am in a dilemma! My husband is terminal and hasn’t worked for 4 years now. 12 mths ago I took a redundancy as we were told he has 12 to 24 mths. Paid as much as we could off the mortgage (still have one!). In Aug I went...

Promoting CanTeen Connect for Parents in the media

Hi everyone - my name is Kerry and I have been working at CanTeen for six years. Firstly, I hope you are all finding this community a great source of support. Many of you have shared incredibly moving stories, thank you.

In order to help as many as...

Share your triumphs: what went well/right/or at least better than expected :)

Hi all, I'm Cara, one of the counsellors here... I'm new to this online space, but have been at CanTeen for about 3 and a half years, running camps and events for young people and families. It's been such an honour to read your stories - Fairywren's blog...