Extended family—aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents—can cushion the shock of a leukemia diagnosis by loving words and actions. Extended family members sometimes drop their own lives to rush to the side of the child with leukemia, and often remain steadfast for the years of treatment. Regrettably, family members may not be helpful, either from ignorance of what the family needs or simply because they are overwhelmed by events in their own lives. The following sections explore how some families notified extended family members, kept the lines of communication open, and dealt with grandparents.
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