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6 Ways to Tell Your Kids About Breast Cancer

Practical and easy steps to help you explain a breast cancer diagnosis to your children.
woman holding breast cancer awareness ribbon How to Say "Mom Has Breast Cancer"

Telling kids about cancer is one of the most difficult parts of any cancer diagnosis. If you're a mom, a breast cancer diagnosis can be especially scary, but it can also change you and your family in positive ways.

"My cancer scare changed my life," says actress Olivia Newton-John. "I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life."

Feelings of gratitude, optimism, and faith are so important for moms (or any woman) coping with breast cancer. If you are a parent, a major responsibility is to help your kids understand the diagnosis and process. Here are six ways to tell your kids about breast cancer and have important, deep discussions about the symptoms, treatments, and side effects.

Originally written by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, creator of Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals.