We are two mothers of young children, living with Stage IV breast cancer in Portland, OR with our husbands and kids. We come from professional backgrounds of counseling and education. We found each other at a conference for young survivors, where we discovered that we had both created a book for our own kids after not finding the resources we needed. We feel strongly about this storybook as a helpful tool for other moms dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.
The Storybook Project was founded to create a personalized book called Mama Has Cancer. The book has fill-in-the-blank opportunities, so any family facing breast cancer can create a book that mirrors their experience. It is designed to touch on the key talking points needed for a child to understand what is happening. This helps the child with transitions and changes as mama deals with treatment options and potential side effects. Families look different: they include fathers, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, and other people. Our illustrations will be designed so that diverse readers can see themselves in the book's pages.
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