Emotional responses of the siblings

Brothers and sisters are shaken to the very core by leukemia in the family. Their parents, the leaders of the family clan, sometimes have no time, and little energy, to focus on the siblings. During this major crisis, they sometimes feel they have no one to turn to for help. If you recognize these strong, ever-changing emotions of siblings as normal, not pathological, you will be better able to help your child talk about and cope with his strong feelings.

The time after diagnosis is emotionally potent; however, stress levels associated with life-threatening illnesses tend to decrease over time. Siblings also tend to have good psychological outcomes. In many cases, siblings report the experience as life-changing in many positive ways.

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