This week on the blog, the focus is on perspectives; childhood cancer through the eyes of my dad, through my eyes as I studied my mom, and my observations of my older brother and his experience as the sibling of me, his sister with cancer.
The psychosocial impact of childhood cancer on the affected child and those who love him/her is not to be underestimated; the impact is a force to be reckoned with, for sure.
Relationships are asked to withstand the seemingly impossible as parents struggle to meet the needs of two children and one another as guilt, jealousy, and blame abound and resentment builds within the hearts of siblings and spouses.
Families face crucible-like conditions, and sadly, the strongest of families crumble.
Childhood cancer is a team sport in as much as it is a solo journey. Make no mistake there are some aspects of this beast called cancer that you must traverse alone.
I invite you to join me this week as I delve into the hearts of the lived of experience of those I held, and still, hold so dear.