Re: Parents Keep 12-yo Son's Terminal Cancer a Secret from Him so He Can "Live Normal
Just out of curiousity Max, what was your answer when he asked you if he was going to die? And if the diagnosis had not been positive, what do you think you would have said? I'm sitting here trying to picture myself in that situation and I'm not sure what I would say, but I am confidenet that my face would say it all. I give these parents credit. For whatever reason, they felt that it was best for their child not to know AND they had the strength to put their emotions on hold for the good of their child.
My personal thought is that it depends on the child. I think a persons frame of mind contributes quite a bit to life span, especially when it comes to fighting illness. If the child has a good outlook in general he/she may be able to handle the news and committ to fighting. However, if the child tends to have a 'cup half empty' look on things it may cause them to give up prematurely, allowing the disease to win right away.
Unpacked my bags, setting up housekeeping...think I'm here to stay.