Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids by Deborah J. Cornwall – A Book Review

Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids

By: Deborah J. Cornwall

Bardolf & Company, 5430 Colewood Place, Sarasota, FL 34232

978-1938842221, $ 7.95, 2015, 60 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

KidCentric Keys to Helping Kids Deal with Cancer

“Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is made up of tips from experts and heart felt stories gleaned from interviews with people who have experienced surviving the emotional highs and lows of helping children deal with Cancer. The book is divided into five chapters which focus on helping the reader better understanding how to better deal with children facing the complexities of coping with cancer.

Topics considered in these chapters include communicating the basic information of cancer as a disease, what the child can expect as they move through the process, and the impact it will have on routine family activities. Cornwall also speaks specifically to issues when the child is the patient, and when a child loses a parent or a sibling to the disease. She also introduces the prospect of death and dying, and the process of grief in the case of the loss of a family member.

The format of the book is reader friendly concise, yet comprehensive, filled with suggestions for resources available for further reference, reading or study. She includes website suggestions, and information available from the American Cancer Society. Cornwall long association with the Cancer Action Network and the Cancer Support Community validate and affirm her credibility and sensibility to the issues covered in the book.

“Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is an important resource took for parents, pediatric professionals, family counselors, and social workers.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.


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