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Picture of Doll to Help Children Understand Illness
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.
 
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Step 1: Choose Your Doll

Picture of 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.

SavannahM219 days ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost an uncle to lung cancer but there were no young children involved. Please accept my condolences. Reading your instructable really touched my heart. I'll certainly keep this in mind to share with anyone who I think could use it.

mole18 months ago

Minimama says it all. My heart goes out to you all.

mimimama8 months ago
This is a very well done Instructable and I am so glad I was able to read it. You and your wife have created a sensitive, thoughtful child and you will continue to raise her as the excellent father you are. I am very sorry for your loss.