My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks (Paperback)

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Let's face it, cancer sucks. This book provides real-life advice from real-life teens designed to help teens live with a parent who is fighting cancer.

One million American teenagers live with a parent who is fighting cancer. It's a hard blow for those already navigating high school, preparing for college, and becoming increasingly independent.

Author Maya Silver was 15 when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. She and her dad, Marc, have combined their family's personal experience with advice from dozens of medical professionals and real stories from 100 teens—all going through the same thing Maya did.

The topic of cancer can be difficult to approach, but in a highly designed, engaging style, this book gives practical guidance that includes:

  • How to talk about the diagnosis (and what does diagnosis even mean, anyway?)
  • The best outlets for stress (punching a wall is not a great one, but should it happen, there are instructions for a patch job)
  • How to deal with friends (especially one the ones with 'pity eyes')
  • Whether to tell the teachers and guidance counselors and what they should know (how not to get embarrassed in class)
  • What happens in a therapy session and how to find a support group if you want one

A special section for parents also gives tips on strategies for sharing the news and explaining cancer to a child, making sure your child doesn't become the parent, what to do if the outlook is grim, and tips for how to live life after cancer.

My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks allows teens to see that they are not alone. That no matter how rough things get, they will get through this difficult time. That everything they're feeling is ok. Essays from Gilda Radner's "Gilda's Club" annual contest are an especially poignant and moving testimony of how other teens dealt with their family's situation.

Praise for My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks:

"Wisely crafted into a wonderfully warm, engaging and informative book that reads like a chat with a group of friends with helpful advice from the experts." —Paula K. Rauch MD, Director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time Program

"A must read for parents, kids, teachers and medical staff who know anyone with cancer. You will learn something on every page." —Anna Gottlieb, MPA, Founder and CEO Gilda's Club Seattle

"This book is a 'must have' for oncologists, cancer treatment centers and families with teenagers." —Kathleen McCue, MA, LSW, CCLS, Director of the Children's Program at The Gathering Place, Cleveland, OH

"My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks provides a much-needed toolkit for teens coping with a parent's cancer." —Jane Saccaro, CEO of Camp Kesem, a camp for children who have a parent with cancer

About the Author


Marc Silver is the author of Breast Cancer Husband. He is currently deputy editor for text at National Geographic magazine and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.



Maya Silver lives in Crested Butte, CO, where she works at the Office for Resource Efficiency. She won the Diane Vreuls Fiction Prize at Oberlin College in 2008 and has contributed to U.S. News & World Report and Washington Post Express.

Praise For…


"Drawing on their own experiences, the Silvers offer advice for finding solace in people who have been there and who have found ways to cope. ... [They] speak with an honesty that teens will identify and find comfort in." — Booklist

"Chock-full of information and advice ... the many voices offer a variety of perspectives." — Kirkus Reviews

"A comprehensive how-to-get-through-it guide that includes insight from dozens of medical professionals and 100 teens." — Staten Island Advance

"A first of its kind guide written especially for teenagers who have a parent fighting cancer." — Examiner.com

"Every household with children should have access to this book. It answers more questions than I would have ever considered myself and it puts a perspective on the importance of how this disease changes everyone’s life. ... It also reminds us that if we always consider each other and respect each other and work together, we can get through anything that life brings our way – including cancer." — Let Life Happen

"My Parent Has Cancer And It Really Sucks honestly and openly tackles the questions, fears and emotions that many teenagers face after learning a parent has cancer. It offers sound and practical advice on how to keep communicating, handle stress, face friends, seek support, carry on as normally as possible at school and figure out cancer lingo, to name a few." — Nancy’s Point" — Nancy’s Point

"For teens dealing with a parent’s cancer and who might feel as though no one understands what they’re going through ... This is the book for librarians to recommend to students in this situation." — Library Media Connection

"This accessible book has topics ranging from what to do when you first learn the news, to how to manage stress and friendships, to coping with a parent’s dire prognosis. ... This is the book for librarians to recommend to students in this situation." — Library Media Connection
Product Details
ISBN: 9781402273070
ISBN-10: 140227307X
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English