Cancer is one of those uncomfortable discussions that no one likes to talk about. However, that’s the exact opposite of how we should be handling the topic. I grew up with a constant reminder of how close cancer can repeatedly come into one’s life and as I’ve grown older it’s been the same reminder. I never had the opportunity to meet my maternal grandmother after she passed from cancer at a very early ag e and as a child both my stepmother and an extremely close aunt also battled and overcame cancer stories themselves. My fourth grade teacher also passed away from cancer during the year I was in her class. As a child it was all very hard to deal with, but as an adult I don’t know that it’s any easier. I know two fellow bloggers whom have personal battles with their own child and spouse, respectively, battling cancer and while I personally, can’t imagine the struggle they have and are currently going through right now, I don’t think hiding from the discussion is what we should be doing.
I was excited to learn about Allstate’s mission with The Silver Lining Companion Guide recently. With over 250,000 families diagnosed in the USA every year with breast cancer, Allstate is currently on a mission to help every woman who has been diagnosed by offering the guide to them and their families. While the guide is a supportive tool for breast cancer patients and families, I found that the information inside is beneficial no matter what type of cancer you or a loved one is currently facing. There are 9 chapters and it does an amazing job of covering every aspect of cancer, including life after cancer. I especially liked the second chapter about communicating with kids in which is gave real answers and solutions to almost every question a child could present during a loved one’s cancer diagnosis.
If you are currently dealing with any stage of cancer with a close family member or friend, I encourage you to download the guide which is completely FREE of cost by going HERE. It’s available in both English and Spanish and available in print at select Allstate locations.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.