A few weeks ago Luca received the news that a teacher at school that she adores was diagnosed with breast cancer. The school has been keeping the students and parents updated on her recovery progress and they have started selling bracelets and t-shirts to raise money for her.
This has brought up many questions at our house about cancer. I sat down with the kids and explained as best I could what cancer is and some of the different types of cancer people can get. I have an aunt that passed away from cancer when I was a child and they have had a lot of questions about her and her family.
Today we were at Costco eating dinner and Luca was trying to tell me something.
“What?” I asked.
“I like Taylor’s nseed umph graunge.”
“You like Taylor’s inside garage?”
“NOOOO, I like Taylor’s grnph grouse.”
“You like Taylor’s green grass?”
“NO Mom!! I like this cheese pizza!” (Not even close to what I thought she was trying to say.)
“Mom, I think you need one of those things in your ear.”
Then a worried look passed over her face.
“Or maybe you have ear cancer!”
I assured her that I do not have ear cancer, I just wasn’t hearing her clearly over the noise around us.
Later on in the store I had to go back yet again to get something I had forgotten.
Lincoln looked at me strangely and said, “Mom, do you have brain cancer or something?”
I think in our support and talks about Luca’s teacher and cancer my kids have become a bit obsessed with the topic! I think another, more light-hearted, talk is in order.