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A cancer diagnosis brings on life changes that are far-reaching—affecting both the person with cancer and everyone around them.
If you are the one with cancer, you may feel your friends and family can’t possibly understand what you’re going through. Your loved ones may want to help but not know how to help. All of these feelings can create distance and put a strain on your relationships.
When can you find ways to communicate, you’ll feel better and so will your loved ones. Read how one couple allowed cancer to make them stronger.
To give your friends and family some direction for how they can help you, be specific about how you’re feeling, and what you need or don’t need.
Here are some suggestions that can help you communicate better with the ones you love:
A lack of communication can lead to a feeling of isolation and frustration. Talking about your needs and feelings can reduce negativity and stress on your relationships. Be on the lookout for signs of a communication breakdown. These signs may include:
If you are having a hard time connecting with your friends and family about your diagnosis, consider joining an in person or virtual support group or talk to a counselor or social worker.
What are some ways you communicate with your loved ones? Tell us in the below comments.
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