Last reply 1 year ago
Dealing with a parents diagnoses

Does anyone have any advice to help a young child deal with their parents diagnosis? She’s 8yrs old & finding it hard at the moment.

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stumbler
1 year ago

@ronnie86 , kids become very insecure when their parents become ill, so they need reassurance that their parents are still going to be there for them.

As far as explaining MS, this booklet might be useful :-

https://support.mstrust.org.uk/file/kids-guide-to-ms.pdf

You can get a printed copy free from the MS Trust. Select the “For Families” option from this webpage:-

https://support.mstrust.org.uk/shop


heids
1 year ago

@ronnie86, as @stumbler says the MS trust publications are great. There is an illustrated one for younger children, which I actually let some of my friends read too!
My children were 10 and 13 when I told them and these publications really helped. The first question my eldest asked was…’Can you die from it?’ and then ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’
It’s been a year since I told them and the only visible symptom they can see is my fatigue!
If you have an MS nurse they might also be able to advise you.


ripley
1 year ago

Hello, I can just speak for my situation, I got quite ill and was in hospital for six months and at that time my son was 10, 11 when I got out. He was very mixed up about things and acted out, big time. I got him councilling and thank God ,it was a big help and gave him an outlet to get his head round things. Kids are more aware of things than we give them credit for so don’t faff about the truth, their imagination runs riot with them and that can be disastrous but if they know the truth they get their heads round things. Good luck and I’m sure your lovely eight year old will suprise you with her grown up ways 😊

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