Caring for a loved one with Cancer
1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime.
Finding out a loved one has cancer can be upsetting and overwhelming.
Cancer doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed, but all those who care about them.
You may be wondering what you can do, or feeling a little helpless in such an awful situation.
The following 5 tips can help you deal with the fact that someone you love has cancer, and in turn you will help them too:
- Form a Support System. Talk to your friends and loved ones. This can be a good way to cope with stress, uncertainty, and loneliness.
- Don’t shy away from it. Seek information. There’s no way to completely grasp the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis, however making sure you are as clued in as you can be can help you best accommodate the needs of your loved one. It can also prepare you for what to expect at various stages.
- A new normal. Adapt to the new situation by seeking a support system and being informed. Do things with your loved one in a way that is adapting to their diagnosis.
- Recharge Your Body and Mind. Simple activities like taking a walk, or exercise can really help to recharge and relax. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. It’s necessary. As well as caring for them, it is vital to take care of yourself.
- Accept Help and Support. It’s okay to have helpers – medical professionals or friends and family that can help you with chores, caring responsibilities and this will ease your mind, and calm your stress.