Book Buzz: Someone I Love is Sick - Review & Give-Away

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

So, my great-grandmother passed away 3 years ago. She did have cancer and fought hard for what seemed like years. But between her age and the disease, she did finally pass away. I am just thankful that my niece, nephew and oldest son had a chance to meet her.

Without a doubt, one of the most difficult challenges for those facing cancer is telling their young children or grandchildren that they are sick. Avoiding the conversation is not the answer. That’s why a well-respected cancer support center, The Gathering Place, has designed a unique, customizable tool to help with these conversations. It's a book called Someone I Love is Sick.

Someone I Love is Sick is designed to help children ages two through six cope with a parent’s or grandparent’s cancer. It uses colorful, age-appropriate illustrations and simple statements that focus on the feelings and realities of cancer situations in a non-threatening manner. The tool is meant to offer educational information while initiating a safe, open conversation between parent and child during every point of the cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment, recurrence, hospitalization, etc.

What's really unique and ideal is that the book’s pages are unbound, so you can arrange pages based on the stage of the cancer journey and the family’s specific situation. This includes diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence, etc. If it doesn't recur, you don't need to put those pages in. Some questions explored include:
  • “Can I catch cancer?”
  • “Will you still help me?”
  • “How do you get cancer?”
There are two versions, one for parents and one for grandparents. Pictures include children and parents of all ethnicities. It is $21.95 plus shipping. All proceeds go to funding for free programs and services offered at The Gathering Place.

The tool has been endorsed by Lance Armstrong and those in the healthcare community, and all of the proceeds support those touched by cancer. Even if your family isn’t facing cancer, this could be given to a family you know who is. Or you can even donate it possibly to a hospital.


One Buzz reader can win Someone I Love is Sick.

MANDATORY, FIRST ENTRY: Visit Someone I Love is Sick. Tell me something you learned from the site.

EXTRA ENTRIES:
To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry. But for extra entries, you can do the following - leave a comment for each:
Contest ends 8/20/09. Please refer to complete contest rules. The entries listed above are the ONLY entries for this contest. Winners will be notified by e-mail (if supplied in the entry or on profile page), as well as on the Winner's Wall.

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  1. Tj and Amy said...

    I learned that Someone I Love is Sick has been developed in such a way that it can be adapted by parents, guardians or health care professionals to be used in many situations involving a parent or grandparent with cancer. The pages are loose-leaf, pre-printed pages of the many realities of cancer in the family, all at a pre-school level, with instructions for how to select the appropriate pages. amsbolda@hotmail.com

  2. Tj and Amy said...

    I have your button. amsbolda@hotmail.com

  3. Tj and Amy said...

    I follow the gathering place on twitter. 1amypugmire. amsbolda@hotmail.com

  4. Tj and Amy said...

    follow on twitter and tweeted. amsbolda@hotmail.com

    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/3157081661

  5. moushka said...

    My 6yo daughters good friend Greg (also 6) was diagnosed with leukemia 2 years ago. To make matters worse his Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer only 6 months after Greg was diagnosed.
    Greg is doing better. However we just found out that his Dad has a max of 9 years to live. We are all very sad and my daughter is struggling to understand. This book would help not only my daughter to understand but it will help Greg and his sister who will lose their Dad.

    I like that the pages can be selected to address the family's specific situation including diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, recurrence and, if need be, end of life.

  6. redstar720 said...

    I learned that a solid tumor cancer can simply be explained as a sickness that causes a lump or growth in the body that should not be there. Redstar720(at)aol(dot)com

  7. spitfyr323 said...

    I learned that the book's author, Kathleen McCue, "is a Child Life Specialist with more than thirty years experience devoted to the mental health of children facing medical situations."

    spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

  8. Chelsea said...

    I learned that the author, Kathleen McCue, is a Child Life Specialist with over 30 years experience.

    This looks like a wonderful book.

  9. Mr. B said...

    I learned The Gathering Place has 2 locations in Ohio.

  10. Mr. B said...

    Tweet
    http://twitter.com/BabyAndMommy/status/3198674960

  11. Beth said...

    I learned that most children ages 2-6 don't need specific information on what cancer is. They will be satisfied being told it's an illness or sickness.

  12. Terri said...

    If a particular page is upsetting to the child I learned that the pages of the book are loose-leaf pages so that page can be easily removed. Also, you can customize the book by using the backs of pages to write or draw on with dry-erase markers.
    vinter@warwick.net

  13. Misusedinnocence said...

    The Gathering Place has 2 locations in Ohio.

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

  14. debbie78 said...

    Would love to win. Please enter me, thank you

  15. Cindy said...

    I learned that the author is Kathleen McCue and she is a Child Life Specialist with more than thirty years experience devoted to the mental health of children facing medical situations.

    monkeyami1@msn.com

  16. Anonymous said...

    I llearned that the author of the book, Kathleen McCue has been a Child Life Specialist for over 30 years and is devoted to the mental health of children.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Jennifer said...

    I learned that The Gathering Place has 2 locations that are located in Ohio.

    This is a great book, and they should make other versions for different illnesses.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. Gabriel J. said...

    I learned that the author is a Child Life Specialist with more than thirty years experience devoted to the mental health of children facing medical situations.

  19. Marianna said...

    I learned the author serves as the Director of Children's Programming at The Gathering Place, a well-respected cancer support center in Northeast Ohio.

  20. Marianna said...

    I follow this blog

  21. Marianna said...

    I follow the gaterhing place on twitter @mannabsn

  22. Carol EL said...

    I learned that most children ages 2-6 don't need specific information on what cancer is. They will be satisfied being told it's an illness or sickness.

  23. Anonymous said...

    The book has the ability to be customized!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

  24. neenja said...

    I didn't know this book existed! My nana passed away a few months ago from brain cancer and now my baby nephew/little nieces are dealing with their grandmother just being diagnosed with stomach cancer. I would love to share this book with them because I learned that its a great way to share the news with them instead of my brother and sister in law keeping them in the dark.

    neengriffith@yahoo.com

  25. kngmckellar said...

    I learned that the author is Kathleen McCue and she is a Child Life Specialist with more than thirty years experience devoted to the mental health of children facing medical situations.

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

  26. one_lucky_mom said...

    If a particular page is upsetting to the child I learned that the pages of the book are loose-leaf pages so that page can be easily removed.

  27. one_lucky_mom said...

    Your on my blogroll

  28. one_lucky_mom said...

    Your button is on my blog

  29. chazvgo said...

    I learned that many young children learn well from being told or read stories, Thanks :)

  30. kerri69 said...

    That all the proceedes go to the gathering place a cancer support center

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