Item description for Can I Still Kiss You ?: Answering Your Children's Questions about Cancer by Neil Russell...
Overview As a successful, loving father, Russell had to deal with one of the most difficult and important responsibilities he had ever faced as a parent: speaking to his children about his cancer. Diagnosed at age 47 when his children were only 11 and 13, this is Neil's emotional account of the disease's life-changing impact on himself and his family.
As a successful, loving father, Neil Russell had to deal with one of the most difficult and important responsibilities he had ever faced as a parent: speaking to his children about his cancer. Diagnosed at age 47 when his children were only 11 and 13, this is Neil's emotional account of the disease's life-changing impact on himself and his family. "Can I Still Kiss You?" is both informative narrative and interactive journal; it will help parents speak to their children about the cancer that has come into their lives.
The prospect of sitting down with a child in an attempt to make sense out of a disease that we barely understand ourselves is daunting. Russell provides a chapter-by-chapter series of questions and answers dealing with diagnosis, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy during and after treatment. Through his own experience and research he presents clear, straightforward questions followed by answers that are understandable to children. Additional space encourages parents to add personal responses to children and children to write back expressing fears, concerns or encouragement-in essence, a "message board" for sharing emotions that are difficult to articulate. Some of the questions he addresses are: What is cancer?, When I get older will I get cancer because you did?, and Can I still kiss you?
This insightful book ends with a warm and powerful essay written by Neil's son, Trevor. "Can I Still Kiss You?" reveals the remarkable inner strength and courage of a family dealing with a parent in need.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.44" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2001
ISBN 1558749284 ISBN13 9781558749283
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More About Neil Russell
Neil Russell is founder of Site 85 Productions, Inc., a Beverly Hills-based intellectual property rights company. A former senior executive with Paramount, Columbia, MGM/United Artists, and Carolco Pictures--the company that produced the Rambo movies, Terminator 2, and Total Recall--he also founded and headed Carolco Television Productions. Site 85 has entered into partnerships or licensing arrangements with Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Activision, MGM, ABC, F/X, Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment, Pearson, Scott Free, Heyday Films, Tribune Entertainment, FP Productions, Hyde Park Entertainment, and others. Neil also authored the book Can I Still Kiss You?: Answering Your Children's Questions about Cancer, which grew out of his two successful battles with the disease.
A graduate of Parsons College, Neil is a member of the Naval War College Foundation and a former board member of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. He sits on several corporate boards and is a consultant to a Wall Street investment bank. Neil is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America West, BMI, and other entertainment industry organizations. Neil has also been made an honorary member of the Hmong community of Laos for his fundraising efforts to provide Hmong children with prostheses for limbs lost to mines.