When we began the Lionfighters blog, our goal was to provide a place where pediatric cancer patients and their families could learn about cancer, receive support, and become familiar with Children’s.
It has been wonderful to connect with you through our blog. We have loved getting the opportunity to offer this resource, and get to know this amazing community.
However, the time has come to sunset the Lionfighters blog.
Rest assured—we are not going anywhere. We are just shifting our focus, and working to create a more robust resource through the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center website. Our relationship with patients and families will still continue, but in new and exciting ways.
One theme that has emerged in readers’ comments and stories is fear. That’s perfectly normal—cancer is scary, no doubt about it. But here are 3 things we hope you won’t fear.
1. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions.
We hear it a lot: “This might be a stupid question but …”
There are no stupid questions. This is a whole new world for you, and we understand that. We’re ready to answer—and if we can’t, we’ll be happy to point you toward someone who can.
Ask anything, and ask as often as you need to. There is never any judgment, and we’re always eager to help.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Share Your Story.
The best and most meaningful responses we have received from our readers revolve around their reactions to personal stories. Readers love connecting with others who have been in their shoes, and receiving support from their community.
If you and your child are willing to talk about your experiences, don’t hesitate to share. You can help so many others. And if you’re not ready to talk, that’s okay, too. Your community is there for you.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Afraid.
It’s admirable to put on a brave face and plow through, but you don’t need to hide your fears.
Pushing fears aside doesn’t get rid of them—it just moves them aside. If you keep them buried, they can creep up later in full force. By acknowledging them and asking for help, you can work through them and become stronger in the long run.
Whether you’re a family member, friend, or a cancer patient yourself, there are plenty of people available to help. Child life specialists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists—there’s never a shortage of help.
Please remember to stay in touch. We’re still at Children’s, and we will always be happy to hear from you.
And most importantly, remember that we are rooting for you. Keep on fighting. Keep on being Lions.
Anisa, Jill, and Christy
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