Coping well

Many children develop emotional competence from facing and coping with the difficulties of cancer. Others, because of both temperament and the environments in which they have lived, are blessed with good coping abilities. They understand what is required, and they do it. Many parents express great admiration for their childs strength and grace in the face of adversity.

Stephan has not had any behavior problems while being treated for his initial diagnosis (age 5) or his relapse (age 7). He has never complained about going to the hospital and views the medical staff as his friends. He has never argued or fought about painful treatments. Unlike many of the parents in the support group, we've never had to deal with any emotional issues. We are fortunate that he has that confident personality. He just says, "We've got to do it, so let's just get it done."

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