Sibling Support


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11-17-08 09:49 AM
Sibling Support

Hi. I have a friend who's 4 year-old daughter has just been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She has an older sister who will be six in January and she's having a hard time understanding why the family "isn't together anymore" and are "split up" (they also have an 18 month old). They are starting treatment at The University of Chicago and really need an expert to help them explain what's going on in detail and that their family life is not gone. Does anyone know how to find the right person/expert to help their kids understand this and fight this while keeping things somewhat normal?


Thanks so much for any advice you can give.

11-21-08 07:41 AM
Jennifer Click
Re: Sibling Support


Your friend should speak with the Child Life dept. at her hospital.  They should be able to talk about some of this with the sister.  Also, the social worker should have some books--there is one from the Am. Cancer Society called "When Your Brother or Sister has Cancer."  Also a good book available from Candlelighters is "Oliver's Story: A Book for Sibs of Kids with Cancer."  Have them check out Super Sibs, which is based right there in Chicago (  They can sign her up and she'll receive a newsletter, mail and cool stuff for her -- my son loved the trophy they sent him for being a Super Sib!

 Hope this helps!

Jennifer Click-- mom of Carolyn, dx stage IV NB Jan 2003, treated on N8 protocol at MSKCC, NED since 7/2003.

Now in 4th grade taking viola and ballet lessons, in Jr. Girl Scouts, serving as class student council rep and gearing up for her first 5k run in 2 weeks!