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I'm a grandmother with a 14 year old grand-daughter

Should my grand-daughter be told about my breast cancer? She lives with us on alternate weeks (our son is her father) but her mother asked me not to tell her about it. We think she should know as its something that she might feel excluded about, when I...

We'd love to hear from you

Hi everyone! ☺️ My name is Fran. I recently joined Canteen as the Online Community Coordinator. I'm responsible for helping you get the most out of Canteen Connect.

Since I'm new, I'd really love to hear from you.

What do you want to see more of? you...

It's National Carers Week!

Carers are people who look after someone who needs help with their day-to-day living. There are more than 2.65 million carers in Australia, which means about 1 in 11 people in Australia are carers.

Carers provide support and help with daily activities...

Parenting Teenagers through Parental Cancer

Parents who have parented a teenager through a parental cancer experience are invited to share some of their family’s experience by participating in a confidential interview (Zoom or phone). They study is examining what was helpful and not helpful for as...

Moving through it

My wife died at home, some 27 months ago. Although on the surface we're "amazing" (my 2 daughters 20, 16 and I), on reality we're all sad, lonely and (dare I say it) depressed... and it still sucks. It doesn't really get any easier, you just...

Free webinar: eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps

Hi everyone :)

We wanted to share this educational webinar being run by the eSafety Commissioner for all parents and carers. The aim is to help you and your children develop online safety skills.

"Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and This...

Coming Out the Other Side

When Its All Said and Done

Explaineimg death to kids

Hi my name is Abbey I lost my husband to brain cancer this year. We don't have children but we have 5 neices and nephews (under 7) that absolutely loved their uncle Josh.

The hardest part for me was them always saying "why isn't uncle J with you?" or...

5 Tips for supporting your family through a cancer diagnosis

Hi everyone ☺️

Sandy Cham, our General Manager of Services created this blog and video together with Cancer Council.

She shares advice on how to talk to your kids, managing your kids' stress or anxiety, how to deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and...

Special Parent Group: Father's Day

With Father's Day approaching we are acutely aware that for many in our parent community it can bring up a lot of feelings, some challenging and some joyful. We will be holding a special parent group the week leading up to Father's Day specifically on...

How to Deal With Grief in Front of Your Children When Your Partner Died From Cancer

Even though you may have known your partner was going to die, nothing can prepare you for the grief you feel when it happens. It can feel overwhelming at times. On top of that, you may be trying to hide your grief from your children or worried about how...

Tell us what you think about Canteen Connect for Parents

Hi everyone 😊

Thank you for being a part of the Canteen Connect for Parents community.

Finding out what parents think about our platform is really important to Canteen. It helps us make sure we’re offering the right types of support.

We’re doing a...

Being strong for my daughter

Any other parents have a child/ young adult who has been diagnosed with a sarcoma?

A young person with cancer interviewed their mum about her experience

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all taking care no matter where you are 💚

Adam is a Canteener who has been sharing his cancer journey on YouTube and Canteen Connect for Young People.

"Really concerned. Just, you're in autopilot basically. We were just on to...

What do you do to keep it together

Pain I find it so confronting to see my husband in pain. His approach to pain has always been to walk it off, or if he hurt really bad... he would laugh. I used to know it was a trip to the hospital if he was laughing but not walking it...

Single mum

Coping with cancer and trying to keep my children on track with their School studies

The Canteen Connect App for young people is here! 📲

Hi everyone,

If you have kids aged 12-25 who are on Canteen Connect, they can now download our mobile app to get easier access to Canteen Connect.

Or, if your kids aren’t on Canteen Connect yet, they can download the app to start chatting with and age...

Finding other kids in the same boat

Hi all. My husband has cancer and has only months or (fingers crossed) years to live. My 10 year old daughter would love to get in touch with one or two other kids (probably girls) in a similar situation to her but she is a bit young to...

Having hope

Providing hope for parents whose children have cancer