Whether to contact an acquaintance re: kids and cancer.
December 17, 2010 9:35 PM Subscribe
A childhood friend posted some pictures of her children today on Facebook in which it appears that her older child has a common symptom of a type of cancer. Should I contact her about it, or should I stay out of it?
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A childhood friend posted some photos of her children on her Facebook account today, and in one of the photos, it absolutely appears that her older child has leukocoria
. In childhood, this is a common sign of retinoblastoma, but it can also be a symptom of other eye diseases or even a normal optic nerve reflex.
I'm torn as to whether I should say something to the mom, and if so, what and how. I would certainly want to know, but being that it's a week before Christmas, I am understandably a bit hesitant to suddenly message someone with whom I've only had intermittent contact over the years to say, "Hey, I think your child might have cancer."
Thoughts? Advice? Should I just keep my piehole shut?