Kelly April Tyrrell | The News Journal

PTSD in the cancer ward 200 x 200

Kristen Anderson and her daughter, Molly, spend the day at Delcastle Park. Molly, 10, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 5.

Molly Anderson was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 5 years old. For nearly three long years, she underwent chemotherapy, steroid treatment, regular trips to the hospital and watched young friends die.

Molly, now 10, has been free of cancer since September 2010. But her mother, Kristen, finds it difficult sometimes, even now, to drive under the iron gate leading into Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, where Molly was treated.

That’s because, sometimes, long after the cancer is gone, many families struggle with the experience in much the same way a soldier struggles with a …