Family and Friends
Experiences, thoughts and suggestions are shared by families who have faced retinoblastoma. We hope they will guide you along the journey as caring supporters of an affected family.
“Let me know if I can do anything to help” often puts unintended stress on the family. Be proactive. Ask what needs doing or offer to do something specific, then do it.
Now more than ever, the parents, affected child and siblings need unconditional friendship. There are many different ways you can support and encourage them.
Supporting a financially overwhelmed family may help avoid a money meltdown. Many parents place this gift closely after their child’s life.
Giving gifts helps us feel we are making things better. Think creatively, and consider the true value of your gift in the context of fighting the child’s cancer.
Children develop social skills by interacting with other children. So maintaining friendships is particularly important for the young child with cancer.
The richest language can seem totally inadequate in times of great personal trial. However, some of the simplest words can bring great strength and encouragement.
Stress and fatigue heighten sensitivity, and well meant words can sometimes be very hurtful to the family of a child with cancer.