For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Learning to Cope with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis as a Parent/Grandparent

Finding out you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, or peritoneal mesothelioma can come as a shock at any stage of life, but especially when you’re a parent or grandparent.

You probably want nothing more than the reassurance that you’re going to be there to care for and interact with the precious children in your life for years to come. It’s important to consider the emotional trauma that can result from your mesothelioma diagnosis. Taking steps to deal with your apprehensions and fears is a vital aspect of your treatment.

Your Emotional State Can Impact Your Overall Well-Being

The physical side effects of mesothelioma can actually be exacerbated when you ignore your emotional state. But if you find effective outlets for common feelings associated with a diagnosis, you may enhance your lifestyle. There are a number of different options you could try to process your emotions in a healthy way.


Develop a Support Network

Finding a local support group or getting involved in one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor who’s experienced at helping cancer patients cope could prove highly beneficial for you. There is strength in numbers.

Talking to a group of other cancer patients who can sympathize with your feelings is often a huge relief.

Hearing ways they were able to effectively cope with their diagnosis can be empowering. Honestly expressing your frustrations and fears in a non-threatening, accepting environment can provide a much-needed release of pent-up emotions.

Consider Encouraging Loved Ones to Seek Support

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your family and friends will undoubtedly be facing emotional battles of their own. You can let them know that you’re in favor of them joining a support group for loved ones of cancer patients if they feel led to do so.

Your children, grandchildren, spouse, or other family members probably want to stay as positive and strong around you as possible, so they may suppress many of their negative emotions.

But it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed during this difficult time as well. Finding others who are experiencing or have experienced similar circumstances can be a big morale booster for them.

Learning to Live One Day at a Time

One of the biggest struggles those diagnosed with mesothelioma often face is uncertainty. You may be uncertain about your treatment options, the symptoms of your condition, your prospects for the future, and the toll it’s all going to take on your family. You may not feel like you have the time or energy to be the kind of parent or grandparent you want to be. These feelings are completely normal.

Learning to take life one day at a time, be good to yourself, and not feel guilty for anything beyond your control can help both you and your family to cope.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a chronic illness with a high mortality rate, remember your biggest challenge is always you. Keeping some of the above in mind is by no means an all-encompassing solution to coping, but it could be a good start.

For the month of March and in honor of Colorectal Awareness Month, please say a prayer for those living and/or affected by mesothelioma related cancers. <3

Christmas Connections: 4 Christmas Gift Ideas that Will Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond

By: Kara Masterson

For Grandparent Bonding Too! 😉

Now that it is that time of year, you are probably wondering what to get your kids for Christmas. If your kids are little, it can be especially hard to find a meaningful Christmas gift, since they tend to circle the entire Christmas toy catalog. However, there are a few presents you can give them that will help you strengthen your parent-child bond.

Board Games

Most everyone has fond memories of playing board games with their friends and family as a child. Children love them, and they can be lots of fun for adults too. This makes board games a great way to strengthen your parent-child bond. Candy land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and Chutes and Ladders are just a few of the many games out there that are easy enough for even very young children to get the hang of. Choose a similar board game, wrap it up with a pack of popcorn and maybe some hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself a family game night in a box. It’s a gift your children are sure to love.


Toy Kitchen or Construction Play Sets

Sometimes, despite some of your best efforts to understand, your kids want to be exactly like you and do exactly what you do. This is the time in their lives that they find helping you and copying you to be the best way to play, so take advantage of it! You can get them a playset of whatever task they like to copy you. If they like to help in the kitchen, you can get them toy dishes and food. If they like to help fix things or work on the car, you can get them a toy tool box.

This way, they can be just like mom or dad

Pop-culture Clothing and Toys

Most children have solid likes and dislikes as early as the age of two years old. While these can change over the next couple of years, it gives you material to draw from for Christmas gifts starting from a very young age.

Many children have a favorite movie or T.V. Show that they can watch for hours and hours. Finding toys or clothing that feature characters from your children’s favorite media is usually a sure-fire way to ensure that they will love their Christmas gift. From Dragon Ball Shirts to Adventure Time hoodies, there are plenty of options out there no matter what they’re favorite show is. Your child will love you for knowing who their favorite character’s are.

They’ll be overjoyed when they open their present from you!

Toys from Your Childhood

Another Christmas gift idea to consider is a toy from your childhood. Since your kids usually want to be just like you, they are often curious about you as a kid. They want to know what you wore, what you ate, and what you played with. If you still have your old teddy bear from when you were a kid, you can pass it down.

Many stores also carry the originals or modern versions of popular toys from thirty to fifty years ago. To strengthen your parent-child bond, you can get your kids Legos, Lincoln Logs, or even Lite Brites and Easy Bake Ovens. Your kids will love playing with these, just like you did, and you will have a blast playing along with them.

There are endless options for Christmas gift ideas that will strengthen your parent-child bond. The trick is to take your kids’ interests into consideration and make sure to spend time with them.

Thank you for reading and stopping by. <3

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Tea with Tots

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A nice read by: Ashley Hardway

Of course Grandma can have fun with this too!

 

I don’t know what it is with kids but a traditional English tea is always a fun favorite. I guess it feel like play time more than snack time to them. My kids and I love having tea time together. It gives us a chance to bond and talk and sample new foods and flavors we might not have tried before.

Here are some fun and simple recipes for tea time:

Tea

First things first, the tea! I bought an inexpensive Chinese style tea set that is just the perfect size for little hands. Not only that but it opens up the conversation about different cultures and their traditions. The cups also do not have handles and are sturdier than the fragile English tea cups so that is a big plus.

We have tried many flavors of tea. The kid favorites seem to be fruit flavored. Peach tea, lemon tea, and raspberry tea are great. I like peppermint and chamomile because it helps them calm down and get ready for nap time! If you are careful to let the tea cool then there are no issues. We drink the tea plain or with a little honey for sweetness.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Tiny sandwiches are a lot of fun for kids to eat and for me to make. Although we sometimes substitute peanut butter and jelly or just jelly sandwiches, we do also enjoy an occasional cucumber sandwich. The recipe is easy. Just slice cucumbers very thin and then layer a few on your bread. On one side of the bread you can spread plain cream cheese or dice up some mint and mix it in for a tasty treat. Slice off the crust, cut into small triangles and serve!

Scones

The traditional English almost cookie is a little hard and crumbly but goes great with tea. They are not hard to make either.

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of sugar

Cut in 4 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of shortening (I use Crisco). In a separate bowl combine ¾ cup of cream and one egg. Beat well and add to dry ingredients. Stir in a handful of dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries.

You can even use mini chocolate chips if you would like. Turn onto floured surface and roll until about half an inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 15 minutes. You can add extra flavor by including half a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring, lemon juice/zest, or orange juice/zest.

Having a tea with your kids is a lot of fun and does not have to be a lot of work. All you need is a creative spirit and a few minutes to whip up some tasty treats you can all enjoy.

About Author

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.