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How to Handle a Family Members Recent Cancer Diagnosis

Let’s face it, at one time or another during our lifetime, cancer will become a factor. Be it ourselves or someone we love, cancer touches everyone.

Steps

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    Wait for all test results before worrying. Doing this will ease the fear of the loved one you are supporting through this difficult time.
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    Reduce your own stress over the matter. Keep your mind busy with things like work, reading, talking with friends (more on friends later)
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    Research, research, research. The internet is a wonderful resource when used properly, but remember not to take what you read as the absolute truth. Only the doctors involved in the case can give you all the information you seek & sometimes they don’t even have all the answers.
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    Always be sure to let your loved one know that you are there for them & support them every step of the way. It is important not to be overly supportive or smothering, as this may trigger the fear they carry & make them worry even more. Moderation is key.
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    Try to keep lines of communication open. You may want to withdraw, or the person who is ill may want to withdraw. Work on checking in with each other.
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    Don’t forget to do some “normal” activities both with and without the sick family member. Cancer doesn’t have to dominate everything. It will be healthier for everyone if you remember to do some normal stuff – movies, TV, games, sports, etc.

 

 

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