When a parent or adult relative gets diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard to know what to tell children. Depending on how old they are affects how well they are going to understand anything complicated you try to tell them, but even a very young child will be able to understand some aspects of a cancer diagnosis so being open and honest is the best route to take. Children of all ages are very perceptive and are likely to fill in any blanks that they don’t know. This can be scarier than the reality sometimes and as a result it’s important to make sure children feel able to ask questions. Kids know when something’s wrong and it’s important that they trust you to tell them what’s going on. Continue reading “Helping children to understand”
We all know communication is important – telling people your thoughts and feelings is the only way they can really know your perspective, but that is easier said than done. When you are supporting someone with cancer, you may feel that you have to be the strong one. The person with the diagnosis is the most important person; their feelings, worries, desires are going to come first and mostly you will want to enable them and do whatever you can. Sometimes, when you’re so focused on someone else, the communication between you is damaged.
Supporting someone with cancer
When somebody you love is diagnosed with cancer your whole world changes. The future you had expected is turned upside down and you’re facing a very different life to what you had anticipated. Maybe that future will still have them in it, sometimes you’re facing a future without them. Either way, things will be different.
“Today is World Cancer Research Day! Research is essential in developing new treatments for different types of cancer and keeping our loved ones going. Today we celebrate the scientists, trial participants and everyone else that goes into creating new cancer treatments!
When somebody you love is diagnosed with cancer your whole world changes. The future you had expected is turned upside down and you’re facing a very different life to what you had anticipated.
We have started a new, private, Facebook group which is for anyone affected by cancer.
We know first hand how hard daily life can sometimes be, this is a safe place to share triumphs, struggles or simply to vent. Both emotional and social support can make a big difference and also gives you the opportunity to connect with people in similar situations.
This is a closed group where you can share in a safe and completely confidential space.
We’ve had to adapt our services due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we’re still here for you….
A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers and group members…..We couldn’t have done this without you!
Ray of Light Wales Cancer Support want to help gather information and opinions from carers, friends and family to capture their views.
We would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes to complete this survey which will give you the opportunity to have your say.
We would like to reassure you that your details will not be provided to any third party and your answers will be anonymous.
We really appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.
Thank you, Diolch.