Your feelings about weight loss
People with cancer often have weight loss and it may be upsetting because it can be a reminder of your illness. It’s natural to be upset by weight loss.
We all have an image in our minds about what our bodies look like. And although we may not be completely satisfied with this image, most people are used to the way they see themselves.
When you lose weight due to cancer or its treatment, you’ll see a different image of yourself from the one you’re used to. It can be hard for some people to accept that they now look different because they have lost weight. You may worry that the change in your appearance will affect your relationships with your partner, family and friends. You may be anxious about what people think of you or about being rejected. Or you may feel self-conscious about eating at home or out with your family or friends.
Many people find that if they talk about their concerns to those close to them, their fears are unfounded. If you find it difficult to talk about your feelings with your family, you could speak with your doctor or specialist nurse.
You may not always feel well enough to be able to cook food for yourself and your family. If you’re the person who usually prepares the meals, it may feel strange to let someone else take charge. Try not to feel guilty about letting someone else do the things you usually do. When you feel better you can take up cooking again.
If you live on your own and need help with cooking or shopping, contact your GP, district nurse or social worker. They can arrange for a home helper, meals on wheels or a local organisation to help you with cooking or shopping.