A Letter for Siblings: How You Can Help Create a Restful Environment

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Hey there! We completely understand if you feel that things are completely unfair. Today, we want to talk to you about how you can help create a restful environment for everyone. Whenever the illness called cancer crops up in a family, things can get pretty hairy.

The person, your sibling, who needs to get treated, will need a lot of help from everyone. The parents will be the ones that will have to face a lot of the stress and the pressure but they will still try their best to take good care of everyone in your family. We’re writing this to let you know that there are things that you can personally do to help create a restful environment for your whole family. Here are a few tips for you:

Be a bit more patient

It can be quite frustrating when your mom and dad suddenly put for focus on your sibling and their needs. What you need to understand right now is that your parents are both very frightened. They are afraid that your sibling is going to get even more ill. Because of that, they will tend to worry a lot more. You can help everyone by being more patient with your family. Your mom and dad are really doing what they can.

Take care of yourself

If you feel like you need to stay with another family member, you should talk to your parents about it. Explain to them that you want to give them the chance to focus on your sibling and that you will be okay with your favorite aunt or uncle. You can even stay with your grandparents if that’s an available option. When you are in a place where you feel safe and secure, the better you will be feeling and willing to help your sibling.

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Give them company

If your parents are scared, imagine what your sibling must be feeling! A lot of the time, your sibling might be resting or can be in a lot of pain. You do not need to say anything especially since it can be difficult to think of what you can say to make them feel better. Instead, you can just show them that you care by being around them and keeping them company. After all, no one likes to feel like they’re alone—especially when they’re scared.

To Conclude

You are every bit an integral part of the healing process as all the medicines, checkups, and treatments that your sibling is getting. It is completely fine if you are feeling angry or sad, or even guilty about what is happening. What is important is that you sort those feelings out (get help if you can’t do it by yourself) and move forward with everyone.

Families take care of each other. So when you think about it, what can you do to help care for yourself and your sibling?

The Importance of Help: How Counseling Helps Everyone Involved

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There is no shame at all in asking for help. The event of cancer in the family is always one of the most stressful things one can ever experience. When you are helping to take care of someone else, it is important that you are mentally well. In order to achieve this, it would be important to seek counseling as it can help everyone in several ways.

Coping

Cancer is an invasive and wholly unwanted event in anyone’s life. When a diagnosis is made, it is not just the patient that needs to come to terms with this. The parents, siblings, and even the extended family all need to take time to accept this new reality.

A counselor can help everyone ease into their acceptance of the diagnosis. The sooner everyone is on the same page, the sooner they can move forward together and help the child in the center of the diagnosis.

Mediation

Cancer brings the worst out in people at lot of the time. Not just in the patient; this illness can bring out the worst in those around the child. The stress of having to go for tests, the money involved, having to adjust to new schedules, etc. all of this can really drag out old hurts, make tempers clash, and make for a thoroughly unpleasant environment.

A counselor has the proper training to carefully address issues and help people come to a middle ground. A child undergoing treatment must not be subjected to a hostile environment. Counseling can help to sooth the process better for everyone involved.

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Connectivity

Humans are—let’s be honest about this—are wholly dramatic creatures. We often end up believing that no one can relate to what we are going through or that we alone are the ones who have to bear this burden.

A counselor can help connect families to groups and communities that are going through the same things. There is nothing that will make two people bond faster than the same situation or same experiences. After all, we mostly believe that the only ones who can understand are those that are in the exact same situation.

To Conclude

Seeking a counselor’s help can be one of the best decisions you have made in this whole journey. It is not just the caretakers that need counseling. Of course, the person undergoing this life threatening event in their life needs the most support. Cancer is something that most adults quake in the thought of. A child, who does not have the mature mental faculties, having to battle such an illness, is surely a marvelous feat. Naturally, they will need guidance.

How do you think counseling helps?

Joining a Walk: What Items Should You Bring With You?

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If you have decided to join a charity walk to show your support for those who are battling pediatric cancer, good for you! Before you do go on that walk, it is important that you are suitably prepared. Many of the ones that are attending for the first time are usually unfamiliar with what they should bring with them.

To help those and to also serve as a refresher for those who have not gone in a while, here are a few items that you should bring with you:

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Sunscreen or an umbrella

Regardless of the weather forecast on the day of the event, it is important to be prepared. Most event walks are held in the early mornings to late afternoon. This can mean a lot of exposure to the sun (or rain). As such, it would only make sense to be prepared accordingly. If it is sunny, make sure that you and those you are with are protected from the rays of the sun. If it is rainy, make sure that you are all wearing articles of clothing that are wet resistant. It would also be smart to bring along an umbrella which can be used whether it is raining or sunny.

Comfortable Shoes

Regardless of the length of the walk you signed up for, you can still expect a relative amount of time standing around. As such, it would be good to wear your comfy shoes. Preferably, the ones that provide ample support for your feet and legs!

Medicines

If you are prone to asthma, a delicious snack for bugs, or are prone to whatever ailment, it would be important that you have the necessary medicines with you. It would also be good if you were to bring any band-aids for any cuts, scratches, or scrapes that you can potentially get. If you have someone with you who does have pediatric cancer, having their medicine on hand is critical.

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Water

While events like these often have a water station, it can be a ways off and it would be a hassle to have to keep going back whenever you feel a little thirsty. As such, it would be a better idea to bring your own handy (and lightweight) thermos or water container. This can help ensure that you are hydrated throughout the whole thing.

To Conclude

Fortune favors the prepared. When it comes to showing your support to an event as important as a kids walk, it would be in your best interest to have everything you need. While there are booths at the event itself that try provide anything that they believe that the attendees might need, it would be better to be responsible for yourself and have what is needed.

Take a look at some of the items that we have listed above. Which ones do you personally bring to a support charity event?

Healthy Habits: Four Benefits Obtained When a Child Has a Proper Diet

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Health is certainly wealth that most do not appreciate. When it comes to children, proper diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy. It also carries a LOT of benefits if they do keep a proper diet.

What is a “proper” diet?

This is undoubtedly one of the most common things that you will hear no matter what point in your life you are presently in. What you put in your body does affect it both short term and long term. As children are still developing, they require good nutrients and very little of the stuff that is mostly marketed towards kids.

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A proper diet is usually comprised of suitable nutrients. There are diets that have the proper division of greens, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. There are a lot of different reasons why a proper diet is necessary and what they certainly bring to the table. Without further ado, here are four benefits children receive when they keep a proper diet.

Better Immune System

When children are given a proper diet with all the necessary vitamins and nutrients, their bodies are better equipped to protect it from any illnesses that they may be exposed to. As you may know, even the very home they live in can be rife with germs and bacteria that can cause illness.

Lessens the Occurrence of Childhood Obesity

In the world we have today, there are around 21% of those aged 1-10 that are grossly overweight. Young children who are obese will be more prone to cardiovascular illnesses.

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Steady and Healthy Development

Children are still growing—that is basic logic. When kids do not get all the nutrients they need, they end up falling short in the developmental scale. When kids are given a proper diet, they grow in the pace that they are supposed to.

Energy

Proper diet enables children to have the energy that they need in order to go through their day. When proper diets are given from a young age, their bodies are able to utilize the nutrients and change it to energy that they need as they grow.

To Conclude

The common saying that we all hear is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound or two of the cure. When it comes to staying on the right side of health, it is important that parents and guardians are well aware on what they can do to help. After all, it is not like the kids will be able to do this by themselves. We are a community and we are all responsible for what happens to our youth.

What do you think are the other benefits of a proper diet in children?

The Three Constant Truths about Pediatric Cancer

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Pediatric cancer is a terrible blight upon the bright smiles of our world’s children. In order to properly help those that are afflicted, it would be important to arm yourself with proper knowledge about it. As such, we are going to be discussing three constant truths about childhood cancer.

Six is the number

By this we refer to the average age in which a child is diagnosed with cancer. While there are cancers that are diagnosed even earlier on in a child’s life—like those stemming from infancy—a majority of the diagnosis that successfully spots the existence of cancer is age six.

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This means that there have been at least six years in which the illness has been given the opportunity to ravage the body of the afflicted.

There is still no definitive cure

What we all have is a variety of treatments which have a varied success rate. As the treatment necessary will depend on a case to case basis, they all have varied levels of success. Many argue that early detection is the key to successful remission. However, by the time that a diagnosis is made, the illness has already spread to other parts of the body.

A cure is still needed and we all need to consistently stay abreast of the latest developments in terms of treatments and ways to effectively diagnose cancer in its earliest stages.

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It is a constant battle

1 out of 5 children who have been diagnosed with cancer do not survive. If they are fortunate enough to survive, they will require consistent checkups to ensure that the illness has not returned. Also, if they have undergone several treatments in order to beat cancer, by the time these children reach the age of thirty, they have a larger probability of already showing signs of chronic illnesses.

To Conclude

As there are so many of our children that has been affected and will continue to be affected by this illness, it would be ideal if our medical technology manages to catch up soon. Sadly, there are still too many types and subtypes of cancer—each requiring their own branch of research.