I created a Doll to help my young daughter better understand my wife's terminal cancer.
I modified a plushy doll by adding internal organs involved and to give a context for discussing upcoming surgeries and procedures.
Step 1: Choose Your Doll
I went to Toys R Us and searched for a soft, plush doll, one that had a happy appearance which resembled my wife.
I think it important that the doll has a happy appearance. Later when we present the doll to the child, we will do so as a 'play' and the doll will be in pain during the play when the symptoms are discussed, but we don't want a sad doll, we want the pain/discomfort to be temporary.