Breast Cancer Survivor Tackles the Challenging Task of Explaining Cancer to a Child

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Author, nurse, and breast cancer survivor Laurie Thornberg educates children about her battle with breast cancer in her new children's book, "Julie's Dream."

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When I was diagnosed, I saw an opportunity to help families in a simple and beautiful way. I wrote a children’s book to show there are less intimidating ways to inform and educate children about cancer.

Breast cancer is no longer a death sentence.

According to the American Cancer Society, currently there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Author Laurie Thornberg is one of those survivors.

“My book will appeal to anyone who’d like help explaining cancer to children,” Thornberg said. “Children are sensitive. They can sense the changes a loved one is experiencing and can be very frightened by things they don’t understand. They need simple guidance through such an experience.”

Citing her own experience as a triple-negative breast cancer survivor, Thornberg created an imaginative story based on her own battle with cancer. Her book allows her to share the news, treatment plan and encouragement she received.

In her book, “Julie’s Dream,” Julie finds out she has breast cancer and must explain this to the children in her life. But finding out someone you love has cancer is just the beginning. As she goes through treatment and starts to recover, Julie realizes her inner beauty and recognizes that her cancer doesn’t define who she is.

“This book will make people aware that beauty can be found in all the love that comes out of having to struggle with cancer,” Thornberg said.

According to Thornberg, education for all family members involved, including children, is always an essential element in the treatment of cancer.

“When I was diagnosed, I saw an opportunity to help families in a simple and beautiful way,” Thornberg said. “I wrote a children’s book to show there are less intimidating ways to inform and educate children about cancer.”    

Through this avenue, Thornberg aims to help cancer victims and their families feel supported and help them understand that whether there is survival, or passing, there is always healing for families at the end of a cancer journey.

“Julie’s Dream”
By Laurie Thornberg
Paperback: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4817-5082-0
Available at: amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, authorhouse.com

About the author:
Board certified in Obstetrics and an instructor in Basic Cardiac Life support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Childbirth Education and a mentor in training many nurses in Obstetrical Nursing, Laurie Thornberg had been a dedicated nurse for over 31 years when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was told the devastating news, feared the unknown and realized the importance of good support right from the start. Thornberg now works in home healthcare and enjoys helping to educate families on memory loss in the elderly.

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