How do I tell my child or children about breast cancer? Where do I go to find help in doing this
in the right way? How do I involve my child in my journey? Jeannie Ann's Grandma Has Breast Cancer by Diane Davies and illustrated by C.A. Nobens, has the answers for you to these difficult questions.
Jeannie Ann is a typical six-year-old. When she learns her grandma has breast cancer, it brings up the fears, questions, emotions, and misunderstandings characteristic of facing a medical challenge. But with her loving family by her side, Jeannie Ann learns all about what cancer can bring—tumors, mastectomies, chemotherapy, pain, and loss, but also hope and prayers.
"When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, one of our greatest worries is how our loved ones will be impacted. It's challenging enough to have these difficult discussions with adults, but what do young grandchildren need to know so they too can cope? In Jeannie Ann's Grandma Has Breast Cancer, author,teacher and breast cancer survivor Diane Davies goes right to the heart of this matter. My favorite part of the book is when Jeannie Ann didn't know what to say to her grandmother so she gave her grandmother a big hug and kiss. As a grandmother, I can attest hugs and kisses from our grandchildren are priceless healing moments that we never forget. This little book brings home the message that children will tell us what they need, it's our job to communicate with them and listen to their cues to help them cope when a family member has been diagnosed with breast cancer."
— Beverly Vote Publisher, Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine
"WOW…I just read the book and it is WONDERFUL!! I love how the information is shared with enough detail for a child to understand…I could actually visualize the cancer cells gathering together! The story was great, however, my favorite part was the way you gave advice at the end, making the entire focus about communication and the importance of listening, especially for the non-verbal’s!!This is a must read book for any family with young children when there is abreast cancer diagnosis!"
— Theresa Allen
"Children are terrified by the thought of losing parents and grandparents, and cancer is a particularly frightening and mysterious illness for any age group to confront. Author Davies uses her talents as a grandmother, educator, breast cancer survivor, and patient advocate in this concept picture book that speaks frankly about the fears, tough questions, and emotional responses that both children and adults have when confronting this medical challenge."
— Kate Robinson, The US Review of Books - Read full review