Although my logo copy still says 1949-2009, rest assured that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has a current logo for 2010 and has the most current information available for parents.
Log onto their website at www.lls.org and read about new studies, current treatments, and awesome rates for remission and cures for children with blood cancers. Look for the free web tele-classes and phone conferences offered and sign up for one today.
I am registered for the phone conference on May 4th for the newest updates on the treatments of childhood leukemia. I will post information as I find it regarding this class.
Check out the site often. There is a vast amount of information for parents there. Here are just a few tips I found on how to help your child cope.
1. Give them age appropriate information as they need it.
2. Let them digest the information and ask questions at their own pace.
3. Share with them that the caregivers that are treating them may also have to cause them pain, but that they will also treat the pain. It is all to make them better and tests and treatments should be explained in a way that the child can understand.
4. Take a deep breath, and take one day at a time. Spend as much time as you can with your child, but explain to the child if there are times that you must be away to tend to business.
Check back often here and at www.lls.org for more tips on helping your child cope.