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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

So they stay or do they go

Hi my husband and I both have been diagnosed with NETs. He was diagnosed 5 years ago and is stable I was diagnosed last year - major surgery in November then diagnosed with carcinoid heart disease in Jan and now preppping for open heart surgery in July ...

Supporting Each Other

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You cant remember!

It's amazing how many times i have gone to a Dr's appointment with my husband and the Dr asks a question, he cant remember (chemo brain) and as my brain is in overload, i don't either, so i look through the phone and can answer everything....because i in...

Teenagers

Teenager behaviour v mums mental health following breast cancer

Mother's Day 2019

At CanTeen we know that days like Mother’s Day can be really bittersweet. We are holding you in our thoughts as this day approaches. No matter how cancer has touched your family, we’d like to invite you to share a brief reflection on the meaning of to –...

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...

Connecting as a family when cancer comes along

Hi all! My name is Cass and I'm the team leader here at CanTeen Connect. I recently wrote a blog which you can read here:

Connecting as a family when cancer comes along

What works for you and your family when you want to take some time to...

How to Keep 'Normal' Family Routines

Cancer and cancer treatment inevitably mean some disruptions and changes to your family’s routines. Keeping things as ‘normal’ as possible gives your children a sense of security and support in the midst of all the chaos and change.

How to keep normal...