Children and families with cancer are resilient. Sometimes, procedures, treatments, and side effects can become overwhelming. It's during these times children and families need extra support to cope and tools, like the Cellie Coping Kit.
Now available in Spanish, the Cellie Coping Kit, developed to help families deal with challenging aspects of diagnosis and treatment, includes a stuffed toy named Cellie, coping cards for kids, and a book for caregivers. Families will find over 100 tips for dealing with numerous illness or injury-related stressors, such as medical procedures, hospital visits and feelings of fear and uncertainty. Tips are based in current research, consultation with oncology experts, and advice from children with cancer and their families.
Along with Cellie, the Cellie Caregiver Book is a 33-page resource for caregivers that compliments the cancer coping cards for children. Each page includes a stressor related to cancer (for example: my child gets sick on the way to the doctor/hospital) with tips on how to deal with that stressor. General topics in this book include communication about cancer, appointments and procedures, treatment side effects, adjusting to treatment, school and friends, and challenges concerning the whole family (available in English and Spanish).