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Tsonka Todorova

Cancer Patients and Friends Association

Tsonka and Cancer Patients and Friends Association are helping children having a parent with cancer, who live in fear and stress caused by the diagnose and the possible tragic end.

Problem

When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, the children do not always have the resources they need to cope with the diagnosis. Since parents may hesitate to talk to their children about it, it could make this period more traumatic for the children. They have a higher chance of becoming antisocial, developing emotional and behavioral problems, and engaging in risky behaviors. Also, it has been shown that stress from traumatic experiences is one of the triggers for the cancer gene in children later in life.

Solution

Tsonka and the Cancer Patients and Friends Association are helping children understand the cancer diagnosis and deal with the stress and fears that come with the possibility that their parent might pass away. They provide a variety of psychosocial support for families of cancer patients: a consultation with a psychologist, art therapy and yoga for the children, and workshops to foster responsible attitudes towards personal health and prevention.

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