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Parent of a teenaged child diagnosed with cancer often worries about your teen’s ability to handle the issue in a mature way. Teenagers are notorious for being over emotional about petty matters. In such a scenario, the knowledge that a parent has cancer can cause a complete emotional breakdown.
Well, never make the mistake of hiding this fact from your teenaged child. To hide this fact would convey your lack of confidence in your teen’s abilities. On the other hand, that you have trusted your teenager and have treated him or her as an adult will make a huge difference to the way the teen will handle the crisis.
Another reason you should involve your teenager is that you would need the emotional support and physical care that your child would provide. Being taken care of by a nurse and being taken care of by your own child are two different experiences. If you are worried about the negative impact on the child’s mindset, you can make use of the internet to find out the right way of disclosing the matter to your child. It would not hurt to meet a psychologist so that all the members of the family can understand how to cope with the issue.
It is important to make allowances for yourself and your teen to commit mistakes. There may be instances where your frustration or your teen’s sadness may boil over. Instead of holding these things close to heart, one should simply let them go as aberrations and continue tackling the problem until one succeeds.