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Hi and welcome to health talk I'm Laura Ingle.
When a child is diagnosed -- -- illness they're thrust into an adult world the doctor's appointments and tests.
My guest today doctor may land the land -- spent her career treating children with cancer.
If she's written a book to help kids and parents deal with the anxiety they face.
A doctor thank you so much for joining me here today so much for having me here this is a great book you have been treating children's cancers for thirty years.
Obviously very difficult job what -- the most difficult part of diagnosis for child children.
I -- a child -- doesn't understand what cancer means by what is is going on my body.
And children like adults want to have control they want to have a sense of understanding.
And for each their journey as unique.
But it's fair I -- -- this book because children really want something simple.
Right and the word cancer -- to did well under him that and and they don't even really know what that is right and so frequently.
It's better -- you say okay this is it this isn't elements just like when you got chicken pox.
We're gonna we're gonna go to your treatment with and what about for their parents and their family about -- her -- Yes.
Parents struggle with this diagnosis.
It just knocks them knocks them over.
And they struggle with what what options what is the best option and they wanna communicate with their child just like they always have.
And it's very difficult communication breakdown.
Sometimes a child the child we'll hear one -- from one parent.
One thing from a caregiver one thing from the grandmother and that's what frightening.
Sure all kinds of different story -- you've that you your in this world what made you decide to write a book about it specifically for children.
For children because I have had the experience myself when my son was diagnosed with diabetes.
And then on the other side of the fence and then.
They wanna be kids and said they act that's why created this superhero for them so it they have a -- -- -- that becomes their friend.
And guides them and and in -- -- their other children with cancer.
It's in a cartoon form it's kind of fun.
It you know I and skimming through it and illustrations are wonderful and when you you've got a superhero tell us about the actual super -- and then there's there's not a villain.
But there is there a worry the worry -- backs right character -- right.
Actually struggled with that name -- -- -- that worry warm now.
But worry wand that was like a stuffed -- and actually had a check out command -- time and bring -- stuffed kitten.
And then -- -- -- like if she talked to her kitten.
Until we got very comfortable.
So I had this worry -- -- that gets smaller and smaller and smaller.
As a child becomes more confident with the knowledge of what's happening in Kate Kate is her best brand.
And takes to do everything so she -- complete -- -- -- -- oh yeah she's really up and it just got back close.
She just really nice -- -- and she's not as you can have a -- can't get her no sugar coating here.
Right I mean it's not completely serious like he would -- an adult but frequently.
A simple answer is that that's still -- at -- and caregivers can sit down and read the book.
And everyone will have a basic understanding so this really helps the entire family how the -- you can just sit down with the book.
And give it to your child and also maybe bring -- aunts and uncles and grandparents yes you read it together.
And even in schools I applied to schools when a child is diagnosed in and read it to the class so I think that's really important to you you know you have the experience because the most important things for adults to know.
When dealing with pediatric illness but -- they know going.
First of all.
It's very important.
To not let the child know that you scared.
It's very difficult I have one child.
I asked -- -- silly can be for Halloween.
And she -- the -- to patient.
And -- -- Eyes welled up with tears and how it sit still well everybody is so I can see there.
And so I think it will work and make you really -- -- as a white wanna -- And she said it will -- it looked like one.
In the AC.
I think you can -- the prettiest -- -- he went down in everything and by the time I finished her mother.
To the important thing is to be upbeat.
And encouraging fact for your child.
And what do you do when -- -- absolutely so devastated that the tears do well up and they do come spilling out.
You know and in terms of dealing that with that was how to direct the parents when they are dealing with -- -- with a child.
Even for me then and -- I have to take a deep breath and and say oh excuse me just a minute.
And I collect myself.
I I've never gotten.
Hard about because you just can't because every child is.
-- dying in.
And when you have those tough moments you have this book to turn tail.
Yes and it's it's a terrific addition I'm -- for for these types of patients thank you so much for writing that for sharing your story and I thank you for joining us today you can find more information about the great.
Katie Kate at delay and books dot com and if you have a health question you know Dr.
Manny at foxnews.com.
I'm Laura Ingle Fox News.