Thank you to iRead Book Tours for having me as a part of the official blog tour for M.C. Plays Hide & Seek by Eva Grayzel. As a mother, I think this is a really important book to helping children understand and deal with cancer when someone they love is sick. Take a closer look here and get to know the author.
M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide
& Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.
Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.
And now, an interview with Eva Grayzel
Why did you write a book about cancer?
To celebrate 10-years cancer free, I had to mark the occasion and I couldn’t think of any better way than writing a book to help children just like my own understand cancer and make it less scary.
What inspired you to finally write it after 10 years?
My children were 5 and 7 when I was diagnosed. Oral cancer is a public disease and cannot be hidden under clothes. Everyone was so concerned with me, we didn’t consider how my illness affected my children. I regret not seeking professional attention during treatment. The post traumatic stress went deep and I still saw signs of it all those years later. It motivated me do what I could so what happened to my children didn’t happen to others.
What do you hope young kids will remember from this book?
Most young readers tell me the most powerful lesson they learned is that cancer is not contagious like a virus and cannot be shared from one person to another by kissing, hugging sneezing, sharing or being nearby. However, I hope children will be impacted by the section on feelings. Feelings are difficult for anyone, even adults, to articulate. The sooner feelings are named, they can be addressed which promotes emotional health during a challenging time.
What other books have you written?
Mr. C The Globetrotter is the second book in series. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek is in its second edition and has been updated to be gender neutral. I hope to do the same for Mr. C The Globetrotter as soon as I sell or give away the stored books, and there are hundreds!
Also, I published My Story Legacy, a 12-page guide to document personal stories, a gift as valuable as material possessions.
These books are part of the Talk4Hope Family book series. I’m in love with the title and hope to expand the collection.
What’s your favorite:
Food – Salad with the works
Star – Barbara Streisand
Sport – Dancing
Music – Broadway show tunes
Charity – The Oral Cancer Foundation
City – NYC and London for the Broadway shows!
What’s next for you?
I have started a book for teens who have a family member with cancer. There are very few resources for this age group. Also, I hope to add other authors books to the Talk4Hope Family Book Series.
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