Just the mere word “cancer” is enough to send most people into a fit of depression, and this is no different for a child.
A diagnosis of cancer, together with the treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, the pain, nausea, hair loss, anaemia, and the constant hospital visits or having to stay indoors and not have friends around or go to school due to an impaired immune system can get anyone down and moody.
Childhood cancer is vile, despicable, wretched, depressing, demoralising, and soul-wrenching, and the best thing that you can do for your Little Fighter is to help them feel better by boosting their mood.
This can be achieved by:
Dancing the Blues Away
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable.
I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~
Music is a universal mood-enhancer! Music therapy is a great complementary therapy for Children with Cancer and should be encouraged, but I am not talking about that here… what I am talking about here is:
- Finding happy, inspiring songs that your child loves, preferably with lyrics
- Turning the volume UP (bugger the neighbours for once)
- Singing with your child at the tops of your voices
- Dancing around the room and acting silly
Sending ‘em Packing
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly
to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express
his opinions courageously and honestly.
The last thing anyone needs when dealing with the scourge that is cancer is any kind of negativity, so send it all packing!
Getting rid of negativity is easy:
- Read your news online if you must, but don’t let the television show the news when your child can watch it – images of poverty, violence, pain and general mayhem are negative and should be avoided at all costs.
- If your child watches television or movies, make sure that they are family-styled uplifting movies not violent ones with loads of negativity.
- Some people can be very negative without even meaning to be so – get rid of them! Neither you nor your child needs people who see only the negative in life and drain all the energy from the room with their negativity. If someone does not add positive energy and uplift your or your child’s mood, avoid them like the plague that they are!
Finding a Hobby
“Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess
some common intellectual qualities – a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity-
but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.”
~Steven Johnson ~
These days many children do not really have a hobby, due to the whole “technological age” in which they spend more time on their computers, tablets or cell phones than playing a sport or practicing a hobby such as model ship building, stamp collecting or such, but cultivating a hobby that can be done indoors and even in a hospital bed is a great idea for Children with Cancer.
Try to get your child interested in some of these hobbies:
- Puzzles: Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, picture puzzles all are great ways to use the brain and still keep you sharp and focused. They do not require much energy exertion and can be fun to play alone or with others.
- Colouring: Colouring books are no longer for the very young – even adults have their own colouring books these days and colouring in can keep the mind sharp and the hands mobile. The bright colours are also very cheerful.
- Scrapbooking: Scrapbooking only requires an A4 exercise book, some old magazines or newspapers, Pritt and scissors. Children can have great fun looking for pictures of things they like or of their dreams and cutting them out and pasting them in an empty book.
- Origami: Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds) and can be a wonderful hobby for the artistic child. The shapes can be used to decorate their bedroom or hospital room/ward and can also be given away as presents.
- Playing Dress-up: Pretend to be a pirate or prince for a day – can you dress up and talk like a pirate? Children love playing dress-up, and this could even lead to a love of creating outfits and dress-designing or a love of the theatre.
- Making Greeting Cards: Making greeting cards is a craft that is also easy and can be done even while stuck in a hospital bed. Once again, these cards could be used to give to friends and family or even other patients, or could even be sold to help with treatment expenses.