I don't think there is anyone who hasn't been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. I lost a teaching colleague, just shy of her retirement, to colon cancer. She taught in the classroom next to mine, and we spent a lot of time together. I then lost a family member within six weeks of diagnosis. She also worked in the school system. I was quite aware of how these deaths affected me, but then I got to thinking about how students would be affected. Illness and death are part of life, but to our students, these topics can be overwhelming. I think we need to have a real discussion with them, even at a young age.
I developed a three page unit for a class to discuss cancer. They may have a family member affected, or there may be someone at your school that is going through this terrible fight, or worse yet, someone in your class. These scenarios are an opportunity to bring discussion to the entire class. Students need to understand the importance of empathy and moral support in learning to cope with illness and disease.
I am blessed with good health, so far, but I lost my parents almost twenty years ago and my younger brother three years ago, all to medical conditions. Cancer is not fair in who it picks a fight with. I hope the sale of this lesson, with 50% being donated to cancer research, will help find a cure one day. I have seen survivors win this fight! I want to see cancer gone! Please share the link and spread the word.
Stay healthy my friends. With thanks,