When Parents Get Cancer, Children Are Often The Forgotten Victims

On the first day of spring 2007, Francesca Giessmann, 43, a marketing executive and holistic health coach from Kirkland, Washington, was rushed to the emergency room with severe stomach pain. After running numerous tests, doctors gave her the diagnosis of stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Shocked and saddened by the news of her cancer, Giessmann's thoughts quickly turned to her son, Leo, who'd turned 3 years old the month prior. "Leo was very young and could not fully understand what was going on," Giessmann said. "Our pediatrician suggested we try to keep everything normal. I spent a great deal of time in bed. Leo related to my disease based on my port. He thought I had a boo-boo." Giessmann, who has had an enormous amount of health complications and side effects since her cancer treatment, said that when Leo turned 6 years old, he told her he was afraid his parents were going to die and he would be left alone. Leo is now, as Geissmann describes him, an articulate preteen who's come to terms with his mom's cancer. "I've often heard him say how his mom had cancer and 'she beat it,'" Giessmann said. "It is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. He is very protective of me. My cancer has made him grow up a bit too fast. He's more sensitive and I think he has an understanding of the fragility of life." Millions with cancer Cancer affects the entire family. But the emotional and psychosocial impact on a child whose parent has canc...
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