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January 7th, 2013, 07:27 PM
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Hi Everyone. My son, Max, was born in Oct 09. I was very active on the boards before and after his birth, and then split with my husband and just got too busy as a single working mom. Anyways, I am back because I need help and I reaching out to all who can maybe help me with some guidance. My son is 3 and my ex husband was just diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer. The avg. lifespan after diagnosis is 7.5 months. He is not sure if he will try chemo or not because of the quality of life he may have.
My question is how in the heck do you prepare a toddler for something like death that he doesn't even understand? Let alone why he cant see his daddy anymore.
Any feedback will be appreciated. Books, links, articles, anything. I put in a call to our hospital's cancer support group today and am sure I will get some help there as well.

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January 8th, 2013, 05:48 AM
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That is a tough one. One of my college friends past away a few months ago, leaving behind his wife and two preschool daughters..... I know it is not easy, but she has a blog that she writes about it.... if you are interested I can send you the link.
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January 8th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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That would be wonderful!!! Please send it. I am truly sorry for your friend. Two little ones :-(

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March 3rd, 2013, 12:48 AM
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Hi I think I remember you from the DDC. I dont have any advice just wanted to say I will pray for you and your family. Sorry you are going through this tough time.
Nessa proud married working mother of three kids in Washington state. Trying to raise our family of five as LDS. Taking life one day at a time.
Jordan - 6 yr; Stan - 4 yr; & Tyler - 2 yr.
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March 11th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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Where I am in Maine, there is a non-profit called the Center for Grieving Children. It is a place for families to find resources and comfort for jsut this sort of thing. Obviously it's a *little* far for you, but you could either search for something similar in your area, or even try calling the place near us to see if they could point you towards resources. http://www.cgcmaine.org/

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June 18th, 2013, 02:16 PM
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Im so sorry you are going through this im thinking of you
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