From our experience with cancer, there are times when life feels almost normal, and there are times when it does not. When cancer is taking up too much of your families life, or you think your child feels scared, lost, alone - reach out to any of the below organizations for assistance.
There are well trained, amazing people at your hospital and your children's schools who can directly help you or find the right type of help. In our experience, do not be shy about reaching out to these professionals.
Personally, I think this is the first place to ask about resources for your children and yourself.
Camp Kesem was founded over 20 years ago to provide a sleep away camp experience for children impacted by a parent's Cancer. They are in over 44 states and have amazing programing to help build connections for your children.
Bright Spot Network is an incredible organization that was founded by young parents who were diagnosed with cancer. They have been there too. They have support groups, grants to help with expenses, and many other great resources.
CancerCare has been around for over 75 years providing support for families fighting cancer. They are an excellent resource for finding support groups, counseling, or educating yourself. On their site, you will find a whole section about helping kids with a sick parent - it is a great resource.
Children's Treehouse Foundation has programs all over the United States to help children with a sick parent. They focus on training the staff at cancer centers and hospitals to be able to offer support programs for children. You can enter your location on their website and see what programs are nearby.
One of the hard parts of for me when my husband was sick was making sure my girls had normal, fun childhoods. Kelly's Angel's has this in mind too. They provide "fun grants" to help make sure that kids in the NY Capital Region can do something that will make them smile.
Jack & Jill Last Stage Cancer Foundation helps children facing the looming loss of parent to cancer. They provide vacations and experiences for families to be able to take a break from cancer and create memories.
The word "stupid" is considered a really bad curse word in my house, so when I discover the StupidCancer organization it seemed to wrap up exactly how I felt. They focus on adolescents and young adults with cancer dragons but have some great information about parenting with a cancer dragon.
There is lot of great material on the Dana Farber site about parenting with cancer dragon.