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Cancer is no respecter of persons. Anyone can develop cancer, even young moms with children who need her. Mommy Has a Boo-Boo: Explaining Breast Cancer to Children by Marci Greenberg Cox, Kristen Hampshire, and Brooke Foster helps children deal with the trauma and stress of their mom having cancer. There are many frightening things in the world today, but one of the worst is cancer. What is it? What will happen now? Hospitals are large and have scary machines beeping and making strange noises. So why does Mommy have cancer and have to undergo surgery? Will the doctor remove her breasts? Marci answers these and many other questions in a kind and straightforward manner that children can easily understand. Knowledge of what can happen is one of the best defenses against the fear of the future.
After Mommy spends time in the hospital beating cancer, what can her children do to feel like they are helpers? Recovery takes time and is difficult. Mommy cannot lift her children straight after surgery. If Mommy needs a radical mastectomy, she will look different - especially if she chooses to forego reconstructive surgery. Children need to understand their mommy may look different, but she is still the same caring and loving parent she has always been. Children can be very helpful by playing sweetly together and doing little things like getting Mommy a blanket for her nap. Please read Mommy Has a Boo-Boo by Marci Greenberg Cox, Kristen Hampshire, and Brooke Foster with your children before surgery to help them not to be afraid. Take time to answer all their questions. If you don’t know the answer, be honest and do your best to find the answer.