Some teenagers with cancer do their best to miss as little school as possible, even getting their treatments on the weekends so that they won’t have to stay home from school.
If you are hospitalized during your treatment, you can go to school in a classroom at Seattle Children’s, or you can work one-on-one with a tutor.
You will probably find yourself looking forward to school—it’s a nice, normal part of life that helps you feel normal. After all, who wants to think about cancer all the time?
At the Teen Zone, in the Train section on the second floor at Seattle Children’s, you can play video games, watch movies with other teens, get on the computer to e-mail your friends, and just hang out.
Art With Heart
If you are hospitalized at Seattle Children’s, ask your nurse or a Child Life specialist to get you a copy of Oodles of Doodles, a lap-sized art book that is filled with fun distractions. The book is a place to express some of the feelings you may have about being sick or about being in the hospital—including anger and fear. Keep the book private if you wish, it’s yours.
You can also ask for a copy of the Oodles book through Art With Heart.