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When a Parent is Seriously Ill

 
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My wife has been diagnosed with a fairly serious illness-- Fibromyalgia. I am looking for resources for how to deal with this with our three year old son. Does anyone know of a good book about how to communicate with your children when a parent is seriously ill? I heard about a book, When a Parent is Seriously Ill by Leigh Collins and Courtney Nathan, but I can't find it on Amazon. Is it a good book? Thanks in advance.
 
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Wow man, I'm really sorry about that. Sounds like you have a real positive attitude in spite of the situation, which is really admirable. Good luck with everything!!

helpful link?
 
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Tim you are strong and all my admirations to you! I searched on amazon.com with the key word "when a parent is seriously ill", they don't have this book but the result list contains some books look like making sense. You might like to check out some of them.

I have no idea what Fibromyalgia is. Can this illness be cured?

For your son, is it possible to make a medical check for him to make sure whether he would have that illness in the future? My best wish is that he would never have that, but if there's possibility, does it help if you take action for him early enough?

And Tim are you still living in Barcelona? My winter break just started, I'm considering a trip to there again...
[ February 16, 2005: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]
 
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Originally posted by Ellen Zhao:
Tim you are strong and all my admirations to you! I searched on amazon.com with the key word "when a parent is seriously ill", they don't have this book but the result list contains some books look like making sense. You might like to check out some of them.

I have no idea what Fibromyalgia is. Can this illness be cured?

For your son, is it possible to make a medical check for him to make sure whether he would have that illness in the future? My best wish is that he would never have that, but if there's possibility, does it help if you take action for him early enough?

And Tim are you still living in Barcelona? My winter break just started, I'm considering a trip to there again...

[ February 16, 2005: Message edited by: Ellen Zhao ]



Fibromyalgia is a treatable but non-curable disease that causes chronic debilitating pain. It seems like it mainly affects women, especially those that have done hard physical labor all their lives-- like my wife. We're getting her good care, and she doesn't seem to suffer as much as before. But of course it affects things she can do as a mother, and at some point we'll want to explain that to our son. Fibro is not contagious.

We moved from Barcelona to New Orleans in the States a year ago. I guess I'd better update my profile! Thanks for your response.
 
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Originally posted by John Dunn:
Wow man, I'm really sorry about that. Sounds like you have a real positive attitude in spite of the situation, which is really admirable. Good luck with everything!!

helpful link?



Thanks for the link-- there do seem to be a lot of books out there. The positive attitude is essential. Thanks, John.
 
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