Please keep Mrs. P and M in your thoughts.

M’s first grade teacher from last year is losing the battle against her second round of chemo for ovarian cancer. It’s not looking very well for her. Please keep Mrs. P and M in your thoughts as my daughter was very close to Mrs. P. Mrs. P was very, very fond of M.

This mama is not doing well coping with it as I’m very sensitive to things, and after my sister’s recent kitchen fire, having friends and family diagnosed with malignancies within the past year and losing a dear colleague and friend to cancer a few years back, I’m just a mess.

I know I can’t shelter my kids from all bad things, but I try on most things. But this one I just can’t because I know the kids had wanted to see her after school yesterday on their first day back at school. That’s when I found out things got really bad. I told M last night and she is sad and worried about Mrs. P.

All three of the girls drew cards for her and I brought them into school so that hopefully they will forward them to her family. My oldest wanted to send a picture of herself too so we took one and added it to the card.

If she doesn’t make it, I know my husband and I won’t keep the news from her. If there is a wake, we want to bring M too.

I don’t know when I’m going to be posting again any activities. The happy just got sucked right out of me.

If anyone knows any good books about children coping with grief and loss, I’d appreciate knowing what they are. Thank you.

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2 Responses to Please keep Mrs. P and M in your thoughts.

  1. Natalie says:

    I have no advice – cancer stinks. I hope that M can still see her teacher or at least hear from her. If you post about the books about grief, I’d be interested. My MIL is fighting ovarian cancer for the last 5 years, and it keeps coming back. As you put it, “it doesn’t look good” 😦

  2. growinginpeace says:

    Yes, cancer does stink. I’m sorry about your MIL. I hope your MIL wins the fight too. I will be looking for some books/tips on grief and will be posting what I come up with and seeing if I can’t find something useful for kids of different ages.

    I hope the teacher gets the cards we had for her. It’s hard to know if there’s still time, but from what I gather, her kidneys are starting to be affected (not a promising sign at all).

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