Elaine shares the discussion she had with her two young children about her breast cancer diagnosis and how the treatment would affect her appearance.
You know what, I did tell my children because one of the things when you go through chemotherapy is you lose your hair. I mean, there are pretty visible signs that something’s going on. So I did sit down with my kids and I helped them to understand that I was sick, but it wasn’t the illness that was making my hair fall out. It wasn’t the illness that was making me look sick; it was the medicine that I was taking that was doing that, and that was actually going to make me better, and that made them feel a lot more secure in what they did.
Again, my kids were just fabulous. They couldn’t understand why I wore wigs and things like that. They were saying, “Mommy, nobody will laugh at you,” or anything like that, but I did tell them. They asked me, “Are you going to die?” And I said, “I didn’t think so. I didn’t think so."
But everybody, and you go through that whole scenario of helping them to understand that it is part of life, death is part of life, but you don’t want to scare them, especially when they’re very young.
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