"I am not this hair, 

I am not this skin,

I am the soul that lives within."


Educational Resources

  • "Educating the Child with Cancer" 2nd edition, by Ruth Hoffman
  • "Executive Functions in the Classroom" by Christopher Kuman
Children with Cancer & their Families
How do I parent my child with cancer?
  • Parenting is one of our most challenging occupations. When a child has cancer, everyday parenting decisions can seem daunting. Parents often have questions about limit-setting, dealing with acting-out, coping with fears and moodiness, and social challenges. Avalon Espinoza has a wealth of experience at guiding parents through the unique demands of parenting a child during cancer treatment. After assessing your child and family's unique set of circumstances, Avalon can advise and support you in making the best decisions.
How do I cope with all the worries?
  • A cancer diagnosis can seem overwhelming initially. Worries ranging from "What do I do next?" to "Is my child going to survive?". There is so much to learn about the diagnosis, the risks, and working with the medical system, along with helping your child with his/her everyday needs. Counseling can provide support in the nuts and bolts of negotiating the system as well as specific methods for coping with anxiety. A skilled therapist can help you identify the best coping tools for you. Some include cognitive behavior therapy strategies, mindfulness, and relaxation.
How do I support my child with school?
  • Maintaining academic progress through cancer treatment can be done through the careful coordination of doctors, parents, and school staff. Avalon Espinoza has special expertise and experience in helping families and schools develop appropriate educational plans both when children need to be out of school and as they return. Avalon is also versed in special education law as it pertains to children with medical conditions.

Who can help with all my medical questions?

  • Working with a team of medical professionals can be stressful and confusing at times. Counseling can help parents relax, gain confidence, understand the roles of the team members and communicate efficiently.

What do I tell my Child and Family?

  • Each child's diagnosis and treatment plan is unique. It is also important to explain information accurately, but in developmentally appropriate terms. A counselor who understands cancer treatment and child development can be an invaluable resource. Parents often also request guidance in talking to extended family.

 Adolescent & Young Adults with Cancer

Many areas of life can be affected as an adolescent or young adult with cancer: How do I maintain my sense of independence when I need so much more help now? I look different. Will my friends stand by me? Will I be able to maintain a relationship & intimacy with my boyfriend or girlfriend? Will I be able to have children later if I want to? Can I still go to college? These are common questions if you are a teenager or young adult with cancer. Counseling can provide support as you navigate through treatment.