Children's Cancer Foundation
Hearing the news that your brother or sister has cancer is heart breaking, overwhelming and confusing. Read the stories of these siblings.
Our sibling stories take a look at cancer through a siblings eyes. These stories provide a heart-warming and at times heart-wrenching insight into paediatric cancer. Siblings can be forgotten in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Their worlds are also turned upside down as parental attention shifts, daily routines change, and complicated emotions like fear, anxiety, jealousy, guilt and anger are experienced.
Read the experience of three siblings of a child with cancer – Riley who learned patience and understanding, Carlee who remembers how their day-to-day lives were changed by her twin brother’s diagnosis, and Molly, who speaks to the resilience that can grow from these experiences.
“The telling of sibling’s stories is important because the “voice” and “perspective” of siblings is often lost in the anxiety and chaos of a cancer diagnosis.”Tracey Danaher, Foundation Board Member.
On this special day, we share the siblings tributes and messages…
“When you lose a sibling, you don’t realise the impact that will be felt at various stages through life. This day inspires me to remember the happy times before my brother passed and I hope today inspires others to celebrate their sibling bond and reminds them how lucky they are to have it.” – Carly, Sister of Stephen
” National sibling day is a day where I am able to really cherish my brother, Marcus. Even though he is not here, National sibling day gives me a chance to reflect on how he has shaped me as a person and continues to change my life. It reminds me to really cherish life more…” – Mia, Sister of Marcus
“Make the most of special moments you have with your siblings, enjoy the little things, be happy and bond over time spent together. Be kind to your brothers and sister, that’s really important.” – Molly, Sister of Jack
Carly: Fighting for my brother