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WHAT ABOUT ME? A child with cancer has unique needs that can demand a lot from families. Healthy siblings may feel sidelined as energy and attention focus on the one who has the disease. Genevieve Stonebridge, a clinical counselor at InspireHealth, a nonprofit supportive cancer care center in Victoria, British Columbia, says siblings of children with cancer have seven needs:   Acknowledgment and attention. Siblings need to know they matter, even when a brother or a sister is battling cancer. Stonebridge says, "Ask a sibling how they are doing, not just, 'How's your sister?'" 1   Family communication. It's important to talk to siblings-in an age-appropriate way-about the cancer diagnosis, treatment and side effects. Parents may think they are protecting children by staying silent, but without information children often imagine the worst. 2   in the family. It's hard for siblings to watch someone 3 Inclusion they love suffer, and they want to help. They can play games or watch videos with their sibling. Skype chats, text messages and letters can keep them connected if treatment requires travel.   know that it's normal to have difficult emotions and 4 To uncomfortable thoughts. Siblings may feel anger, confusion, frustration, jealousy, hatred or guilt. Parents can help by giving the sibling a safe space to work through emotions.   own support. Siblings need help from family members, 5 Their teachers and coaches, and professionals like social workers and counselors. It can also be good for siblings to talk to siblings of other children with cancer.   To be a kid. Children need to play and keep up their extracurricular activities. They can be responsible for their chores and homework, but they shouldn't feel the burden of caring for their parents emotionally. 6   Humor, laughter and lightheartedness. "It's a hard time, but we can laugh, play and have a good time," Stonebridge says. "It's important to have balance. Just because you're dealing with a crisis doesn't mean there can't be wholehearted living." TREES ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE FARRANT/GETTY IMAGES 7 SOMEONE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH UNCHARTED TERRITORY A cancer diagnosis can send you on an emotional roller coaster. At Gwinnett Medical Center, we connect you with a patient navigator. This advocate is by your side throughout your treatment and recovery, helping your health care team stay informed and meeting any requests or concerns you may have. WEBSITE Local Cancer Services At Gwinnett Medical Center's Cancer Institute, accredited cancer programs are dedicated to providing the best in patient-centered care. Learn more at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ cancer. W INT E R 2016 27 http://www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/

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