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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...

My husband has cancer- he’s acting like there’s nothing wrong with him and I’m so stressed out I don’t know what to do. I’m a parent of a 9 year old boy and 11 year old girl.

Things are so difficult right now. I’m trying to work, care for my husband, look after 2 distressed young children, do everything and not lose my mind. It feels like my partner who has cancer is minimising his health and pretending to the world he’s not...

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...

Introduce Yourself!

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

We don't "move on" from grief

Here's a TEDtalk on grief that may be of interest: In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, us...

You know what, I am tired

It sounds selfish given the journey and the ending we are facing as a family, but I am exhausted.. 2018 was a cruel year as we got the diagnosis for hubby’s bowel cancer... but it went ok... this year has literally been rubbish, radiation was a the...

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....

Ways to make your holiday celebrations accessible to people with disabilities and chronic illnesses

Here is a great article about how we can make our holiday celebrations more accessible: https://bit.ly/2RZvEh0

How do you handle illness or disability during the festive season?

Food For Thought....

From kimchi to sauerkraut, paleo to vegan, plant based to full fat… So many confusing messages from around the place about what to eat, what our kids should eat and the impact on us all. And that’s not even considering the messages we get about food with...

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Introducing my daughter and myself

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...

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...

Family Dynamics & Cancer

Here is a great podcast about how cancer can affect family dynamics.

"We often don’t think about the impact that a diagnosis has on a family but it’s actually crucial in those early days for families to begin to look at how they can change the way they...

CanTeen Connect User Questions and Feedback

Hi all, I’m Paul and I lead the design and technical development of CanTeen’s new Parent Platform. Firstly, thank you very much for signing up and test driving the new website, it is invaluable to have the very users for whom we built the site using and...

How to Deal With Grief in Front of Your Children When Your Partner Died From Cancer

Even though you may have known your partner was going to die, nothing can prepare you for the grief you feel when it happens. It can feel overwhelming at times. On top of that, you may be trying to hide your grief from your children or worried about how...

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...

Teens not coping

How do you help your child when they dont want help? My son has bad anxiety he knows he needs help but will not help me to help him. Im so frustrated at it all as i want to help him but i also need another few ops my cancer...

The Couple Relationship When You Have Cancer

Some couples find that going through something like this together strengthens their relationship and reinforces their closeness and commitment to each other. But living with cancer places an enormous amount of pressure on everyone and problems can arise...

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...

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?