Parenting after a child's recovery from serious illness

Mickey Guisewite, Parent With A Purpose, shares advice for parents on how to adjust back to normal life after a child's recovery from a critical sickness
Advice On Parenting After A Child's Recovery From A Serious Illness
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Parenting after a child's recovery from serious illness

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My life is very different now that my son has completed cancer treatment. I think that I probably share something that all people who have a family member go through a critical illness share. That is that I have learned to live in the moment. For some of us, that's really all we have. When you have somebody going through cancer treatment, you can't think so much about the future. What you really have to do is think about now, and enjoy the moment. I'm really focused on enjoying today with my family. I think I've learned not to sweat the small stuff. You know, when you face a life-threatening illness, everything else just falls by the wayside. I try to take that with me everyday. Mostly, I am so grateful that my son is here. I think I approach everyday with a real, true sense of gratitude.

Mickey Guisewite, Parent With A Purpose, shares advice for parents on how to adjust back to normal life after a child's recovery from a critical sickness

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Mickey Guisewite

Parent with a Purpose

Mickey Guisewite is a former advertising executive and syndicated newspaper columnist who started The Bottomless Toy Chest after her son successfully completed cancer treatment. The Bottomless Toy Chest is a nonprofit organization devoted to delivering toys, crafts and hands-on activities to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients. Mickey lives at home with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, two cats and two turtles. When she’s not delivering toys to sick kids, she’s at home trying to find a tiny space on the couch among her two-legged and four-legged family members. 

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