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A lot is happening in Gabriel’s life, and he might be feeling overwhelmed with all the new changes. There are many emotions people might go through when their sibling has a brain tumour.
Here are some emotions people may feel:
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Gabriel might feel angry, or mad. He feels it’s unfair that his sister has a brain tumour, and so many things in his life are changing.
Gabriel sometimes wonders why he isn’t the one with the brain tumour instead of his sister. He might also feel bad that he can’t make her feel better.
Gabriel can sometimes feel physically alone (like when his sister and parents are at the hospital for treatment), or even emotionally alone (as he feels like he has no one to talk to who understands what he is going through).
Gabriel sometimes feels sad that his sister has a brain tumour. He wishes that there was more he could do to make her feel better.
Gabriel may sometimes feel scared. He feels afraid because he is not sure if his sister is going to get better or not and if things will ever go back to normal.
Gabriel sometimes feels like his parents are spending more time with Alex. He wishes that his parents would pay as much attention to him as they do to his sibling.
Experiencing these feelings is completely
It is okay for Gabriel, or anyone, to feel angry, sad, overwhelmed or scared when their sibling is sick.
Gabriel might not have these feelings every day, but when he does, he should feel comfortable telling his parents, or any adult he trusts like a teacher, family member, nurse or doctor.
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Hildenbrand, A. K., Clawson, K. J., Alderfer, M. A., & Marsac, M. L. (2011). Coping with pediatric cancer: Strategies employed by children and their parents to manage cancer-related stressors during treatment. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 28(6), 344-354.
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