Feelings Book Helps Kids Cope with Cancer

My Cancer Days Cover

My Cancer Days

By Courtney Filigenzi

Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Estimates show that in 2016, more than 10,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer. That means thousands of patients and families will face the physical and emotional challenges that come when cancer impacts a young child.

To help support and encourage people touched by childhood cancer, especially during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, the American Cancer Society offers an excerpt of My Cancer Days, a book that helps kids explore the emotional ups and downs of daily life during treatment. Appropriate for younger and older children alike, this work offers thoughtful and encouraging words to help kids express their feelings as they face the disease.

My Cancer Days has been awarded a Silver Medal in the National Health Information Awards. This prestigious awards competition sets an industry standard of quality for consumer health materials and helps health professionals find the best consumer health information resources for their programs. Entries were submitted by a wide variety of leading organizations in the consumer health field.

This book in one sentence: In the beautifully illustrated book My Cancer Days, a child uses colors to describe her emotions during cancer treatment and, ultimately, comes to realize that her feelings are normal and it’s okay to let them out.

Who needs this book: Any child who is going through treatment for cancer or another chronic illness.

What you'll get out of this book: This book’s vibrant images and its warm and encouraging message will reassure children with cancer that it is healthy to express their emotions during treatment. This book will give hope and encouragement to children with cancer in words they can relate to.


Some days, I feel scared.

These are my purple times.

I wonder if I will be okay and what

will happen to my family

and me if I’m not.

I worry about all the doctor visits

and treatments I need. Sometimes they scare me.

It’s okay to feel purple.

. . . . . . . .

Some days, I feel just fine.

These are my yellow days. . .

happy days that seem normal and good.

I feel a little bit better.

I can play with my friends and do the things I love to do.

I love my yellow days.

Excerpted from My Cancer Days:

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