Cancer also affects the people that are closest to the patient. Many want to do the best they can to be supportive during these challenging and overwhelming times.
Here are some tips to help you cope with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis:
- Be present and patient with your loved one. Medications, discomforts, and pain can cause someone with cancer to become depressed or angry.
- Keep a positive attitude. Laughing, and planning future trips and plans together help to keep a positive outlook.
- Talk about your life. Despite cancer, communication between family members and friends should continue to be a two-way street. Hearing about your life also offers a welcome distraction.
- You are not alone. Joining a support group can be helpful, to share your experiences and to learn from others.