Going in and out of doctors' offices, lying on radiation tables, and sitting in chemo chairs can all be dehumanizing experiences. You feel sick, your medical team may not know you, and you may be having a hard time doing the things you want to do because of side effects, but once you settle into your routine the rhythm of cancer becomes almost normal.
Yeah, you are still afraid, but life goes on around you, and you can find resilience in this experience.
Treatment is the time to marshal your advocates and allies, and tell them clearly, ‘this is what I need right now’. Most people want to help, but they are often just at a loss as to how to help you. It's your job to tell them clearly what you need.
Good Day Bad Day
Try this to figure out how to cope, take action, and get help. It’s good, for example, if:
Try this if you want people to know better how to support you on bad days, and how to help you through treatment. It’s good, for example, if:
What's Working - Not Working
Try this to work through specific concerns. It’s good, for example, if:
Hopes and Fears
Try this when you are struggling emotionally through treatment. It’s good, for example, if:
If you’re feeling depressed or very anxious, you must take this seriously and consider professional support.
Treatment for cancer can take many forms, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. As a co-survivor you can help a great deal with hands-on support such as looking after children, cooking or delivering meals, and going to treatment sessions.
During treatment your loved one may experience difficult side effects, blue days and a wide range of emotions, and you can help them cope with this. Here’s a thinking tool you can use:
Good Day Bad Day
This thinking tool can help you know what good days and bad days look like for the person you are supporting. You can use this to help make days better during treatment.
LIVING WELL WITH CANCER
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