Book Shares Diary Entries from Parents Struggle with Daughter's Cancer

by: cancercompass

"Notes Left Behind" documents six-year-old Elena Desserich's battle with brain cancer through the journal entries of her parents, and notes that Elena hid for her parents to find after she was gone.

The Today Show recently re-published excerpts from this book as well as a few of Elena's notes. The diary excerpts are taken from "Part 1: The beginning" of the book. These entries discuss how everyday life changed for the family, in addition to celebrating Elena's birthday while faced with difficult cancer treatments.

Keeping a journal is one way to deal with the emotions that arise following a cancer diagnosis. It's also helpful to find additional support by talking with other cancer survivors, patients and caregivers.