Finishing up a set of scary stories for kids. I'm on the second to the last one, and I have a question. All of the stories are supernatural in some way. Some scarier than others, some with some humor mixed in. I've tested them out on a few kids, and have good feedback and have revised some of the stories based on what the kids said. This one hasn't yet been read by anyone. In the story, the main character, an elementary school girl, becomes ill as a result of the sequence of events in the story. The illness has a supernatural cause (all of the stories are in some way supernatural), but a lot of the story tracks the girl's increasing illness. She has weight loss, hair falling out, parents worrying of course, and taking her to the doctor (who can't figure out what is wrong). The girl figures it out (she's the protagonist and learns what is happening), but of course the adults won't believe her and she deteriorates. I'm not too worried about the kid aspect, because in reading and telling scary stories to kid I know that the kids who like creepy stories often really want them to be creepy in some way, not just cheesy kid stories. But from a parent's perspective, I wonder if the illness is too close to home? I know when my kids were little the idea that they might get leukemia or something was one of the scariest things you could contemplate, and the course of the girl's illness in my story comes across looking a lot like a kids with cancer or some other horrible disease (though, as noted above, it's not any normal "disease" at all). Thoughts? If you write for kids of elementary school age, what would you say to this? If you have kids that age who want to read ghost stories and scary tales and this was one of them, what would you say to it? Note, there is no gore, violence, or any of that kind of stuff in the story. It's just a creepy tale of this sinister effect on the main character and how she tries to fight it.