A cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone, but for children with cancer it can be overwhelming. A new book, My Cancer Days, helps children with cancer recognise and express their emotions.
Through pictures and words, the book tells the story of a young girl diagnosed with cancer. The girl experiences a range of emotions including anger, sadness, happiness, fear and envy. She associates each emotion with a colour. The story teaches children with cancer it is okay to have these emotions and encourages children to express what they are feeling.
“I wrote My Cancer Days for the smallest warriors,” said author Courtney Filigenzi. “Children can have a hard time identifying or describing their feelings. I wanted to help kids find the words they need to express how they’re feeling inside.”
Filgeni wants the book to help families in which a child gets a cancer diagnosis. “It’s my hope that the book can help families have these difficult conversations, so they can support each other and grow stronger together,” said Filigenzi.