My Mom/Dad Has Cancer, So What Happens to Me? – Episode 261
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Rev. Percy McCray
Published: May 8, 2021
Children of cancer patients face unique challenges; how should one support them?
Host Rev. Percy McCray anchors a discussion on the mental and emotional dynamics of children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 80,000 young adults ages 20 to 39 in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of those patients have children, who may find it difficult to cope with that life-jolting challenge at their young age.
In this discussion, Rev. McCray provides helpful insights and steps that may assist any parent or adult to provide much-needed support to this vulnerable population. And he reminds everyone that “children are a heritage from the Lord.”
- “What about the kids whose parents have cancer? What do we do for them? How do we react to them?”
- “We need to understand that they [children] need to be embraced and handled so that they can be blessed.”
- “We should conclude that children need the touch and demonstration of the love of God in their lives, just like adults do during moments of crisis.”
- “We have to be accountable and ready to respond to them [children whose parents have cancer].”