Dealing with Leukemia is not only difficult for the patient, it is difficult for the entire family. We have done several things to help Jemma's siblings deal with this crisis. First we have talked to the two older kids a lot about her illness and they are starting to understand what is happening. They are aware Jemma is very sick and has cancer. They also understand she will be treated for 2-3 years. We have also spoken about the science of what is physically wrong inside her body.
We believe that it is very important to spend quality time with the older two children. Time that is
focused on them and not on Jemma. My husband and I traded one night at
home and the hospital. It made everyone feel better. I was able to go on a long walk/run/bike ride with the kids, while my husband had the chance to take care of Jemma.
Every effort is being made to keep their lives as normal as possible. They are continuing
with their history co-op, dance, tennis and music lessons. We have
stopped homeschool which we planned to do this week anyway. We were planning a summer holiday to Michigan that was expected to last four weeks. After finding out Jemma had Leukemia, we decided to send our two older children to Michigan as planned, while my husband and I stay in Germany to care for Jemma. Between their two sets of grandparents, friends and other family I know
they will be well taken care of and have a great time.