Many of us are touched by cancer at some time in our lives, whether we have been diagnosed ourselves or know of someone who has been. Regardless of whether it’s yourself, a family member or a friend, a cancer diagnosis can bring difficult and painful feelings. Shock, grief, and fear are just some of the emotions you may deal with.
Counselling may be offered to the patient during or after their cancer treatment, but it can sometimes be beneficial for family members and loved ones, too. Talking to a counsellor experienced in cancer issues can ease the sense of isolation you may feel and help you find ways to face the challenges ahead.
How can counselling help?
Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis is difficult for the individual and their family. Anxiety, stress and anger levels are heightened, and the idea of being in a life-threatening situation can be difficult to cope with. You may feel that you don’t want to burden your family and friends with your problems and fears. But, you don’t have to bear the emotional issues on your own.
Counsellors are highly experienced and proficient in helping people with cancer and their families deal with the many emotional issues that cancer can cause. Talking to an experienced, empathetic professional can be somewhat of a relief when everyday life and relationships feel like they’ve been turned upside down. Having the support of a counsellor can really help you and your family manage and navigate the emotions and fears that you may be experiencing.
Counselling will, of course, not cure cancer. However, it can help provide better coping strategies to support you during and after your treatment and deal with any mental health issues which may arise.