Chemo Catby Cathy Nilon
Author and Illustrator Cathy Nilon has created the book that she wished had been available to share with her young son when she was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in the fall of 2004. There were no programs available for his age group; the family had no mental health coverage to help deal with the trauma. Cathy decided to write one, and began sketching… See more details below
Author and Illustrator Cathy Nilon has created the book that she wished had been available to share with her young son when she was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in the fall of 2004. There were no programs available for his age group; the family had no mental health coverage to help deal with the trauma. Cathy decided to write one, and began sketching while still bald. Chemo Cat is the account of the pain-filled journey of her family, told in the voice of her son Luca who was four years old at the time. This book hopes to bridge the gap for families with children as to how to deal with the news of this awful illness. Luca and Mama cat, aka Cat-Cat, personified as a family of cats, take you through the emotions and realities of that most difficult time. It is meant to open a dialog with children without adding to their fears. It explains the changes they can expect when their mother loses her hair and is sick from chemotherapy and can't be with them all the time. The story is real and all too common. It should prove also, to be emotionally helpful for the child and the whole family. The author's net proceeds will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
- Ravenna Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
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Chemo Cat is a beautiful story of love, hope and healing for children four to ten years of age who have cancer in their families. It offers hope too to people of all ages suffering from cancer and for their loved ones as well. Cathy Nilon has both poignantly written about and beautifully illustrated her journey from the diagnosis of breast cancer, through treatment and finally healing - with courage, tenderness and love through the eyes of her son. The story follows the Cat family from life before cancer through all the trials and tribulations of treatment to healing. The author's proceeds are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a support and educational organization for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
We so desperately needed a book that would read like a picture book while acting as a tool to help our son prepare for the hard effects of chemotherapy and hair loss his mother was about to endure. The book had great sketches of cats, trucks and wigs. All of interest to children even without the illness. This book made us feel we were going to get through the cancer treatment just as the author and her family had made it! Kudos!