Parents of Children with Chronic or Life-Threatening Illness
The life-altering impact of your child's diagnosis on you, your child, your family and relationships can be overwhelming. I provide support for parents, either individually or as a couple (and families when appropriate), to process and work through big feelings, challenging or conflicting thoughts, and changing relationships.
Big Feelings & Challenging Thoughts
- Experiencing overwhelming feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, sadness, helplessness, confusion, anger or depression.
- Struggling as you see your child suffer.
- Wrestling to understand why this happened to your child and if anything you did may have caused it.
- Feeling confused because you hear so much, do not know what to do or what advice you should follow.
- Managing distressing emotions and thoughts about treatment options (e.g., medication, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, etc.) and late affects.
- Being uncertain about what to tell your child about their illness and how to handle changes in their behavior.
- Mourning the loss of your child, your family and life as you knew it, even as you experience gratitude about having your child with you.
- Seeking certainty or exhibiting control in the face of uncertainty.
- Stress regarding work, absences, paying bills, medical insurance, and maintaining your livelihood.
- Questioning your faith or higher power.
- Grieving the terminal diagnosis or loss of your child.
- Feeling disconnected from your partner. You disagree and are not on the same page. You do not understand how or why your partner is acting the way they do. You may argue more and talk less.
- Struggling to give all of your children (the siblings) the time and attention you want them to have.
- Lacking support from close friends or family who you thought would be there for you. Yet others you did not expect may step up in surprising ways.
- Feeling isolated as people seem to avoid you, do not know what to say to you or stop sharing their lives with you.
- Having others make assumptions about what you can and cannot do because your child is sick and not giving you voice in the matter.