How to support a loved one after their cancer diagnosis
The current pandemic has left most of us thinking about our health. Sadly, if someone you know already has health issues such as cancer, then you may be wondering how they’re going to cope and how you can support them through this difficult time.
It’s a confusing and worrying time for everyone. Your friend or loved one may be coming to terms with their diagnosis, or they may be looking at a legal battle if the disease is industry related. Click here to find out if you can treat asbestos related lung cancer. However, it’s important to support your friend as much as possible, even if it is a little difficult to know what to say or do.
Here we’ll take a look at how you can support a loved one after their cancer diagnosis.
Learning about the diagnosis for yourself will help you understand what your loved one is facing. From potential treatments to the adverse effects, how their health may decline or what kind of pain they might be in. Research may highlight the kinds of worries or emotions that your loved one may have to deal with. You may find that your loved one grows tired of having to repeat the same information over and over to concerned friends and family, by learning a little for yourself you can take the pressure away from them.
Treat them the same
Trying to maintain a sense of normality is something your loved one will probably welcome. Treat them the same as you did before their diagnosis and don’t let it change anything between you, in some ways, it could make your relationship stronger.
Be sad together
It’s a daunting time for everyone and as much as you want to make them smile and forget about their diagnosis for a while, you must be there for them when they’re feeling low. Make sure they know that their sad feelings are valid and you’re there to listen and be sad together whenever they need you to be.
Depending on their health, or what their health might be in the future, it’s important to put yourself forward as someone who can help out when asked. That could be walking the dog, helping with the kids, picking up prescriptions or taking them to appointments. Or just someone to come round for a cup of tea and a chit-chat. Make your availability known.
Ask their permission
You may have a lot of questions or concerns, but before you voice your worries or queries, always ask your loved one if they want to talk about it. Never force your own concerns upon them.
These kinds of actions will certainly make your loved one’s diagnosis a little easier to cope with.