The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer
Authors: Carrie Martin & Chia Martin
Chia Martin was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998. Her daughter, Carrie, was seven at the time. Children often have difficulty expressing their emotions, and Carrie was no different. Carrie, like many children, likes to draw. It is through her artwork that she is able to express the emotions she has experienced during her mother's battle with cancer. This book is a collection of Carrie's artwork and interpretations of her feelings, created by the mother and daughter team.
"Creating this book was one of the best things Carrie and I ever did together," says Chia Martin, "it unfolded because we both needed it to." Chia found that these pictures acted as a springboard to discussions about Carrie's feelings. This book is a good tool for those who care for and about the children of cancer patients. Reading the book with a child will surely open a dialogue for them to share their own feelings. Carrie's drawings and interpretations can let children know that it is okay to say what you are feeling and that other people feel the same. This book is best for children ages through 8.