The mother of my partner's children was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. At this point, the treatment is to reduce the growth and spread of the cancer, but the statistics are not hopeful.
There are so many emotions running through me...fear, anger, anxiety, sadness. As a mother of children the same age as S and T, I cannot begin to fathom how I would react to this diagnosis. As the co-parent of these small people, I'm feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to help them navigate, what will certainly be, one of the worst experiences of their lives. I want to be supportive and helpful to my partner and the children...and I also need my own support- thus I am sharing with this community.
As a therapist-in-training, I have some ideas and thoughts on how to support the children and my partner- open dialogue, some wonderful children's books about cancer, and art projects to help them express their emotions. I am hoping, that some of you wonderful parents and friends can make some suggestions and help me navigate this experience.
Thank you in advance.