things in life are as emotionally traumatic and challenging
as the knowledge that a loved one has been diagnosed with
cancer. In fact, family members report experiences parallel
to those of the cancer patient. Family members say that they
are overwhelmed with fear, anxiety and worry. They worry about
being strong enough to handle their own emotions and help
their loved one. They inform us that they feel like life is
out of control and wonder if it will ever get back to normal.
Adding to these issues, they inform us, is the fact that they
feel selfish about having these thoughts and feelings.
many family members, the cancer patient has been their emotional
support system. Since the cancer diagnosis, family members
instead have to be the “rock” of the family. This
can often times present a mixture of emotional and physical
stresses that they are completely unprepared to face and handle.
The Center is the place to get the support and education of
how to manage this these relationship changes.
Either in individual sessions, couple sessions or family
sessions, family and friends learn that it is safe to talk
about the feelings and emotions that have entered their lives
along side of the cancer.
The following are some of the typical responses from family
members who have gone through the Center for help:
"Wow, I never would have thought
to help in those ways”
"I was afraid to ask those
questions, not wanting to make my loved one feel worse”
“I wasn’t sure what
to do or how to answer people’s questions, but after
visiting the Center, now I feel empowered and it is much easier
to express my needs and concerns"
At the center we help open these doors and make life easier.
AN APPOINTMENT AND LET HOPE BEGIN TODAY
BY CALLING 949.474.4337.