Coping with your emotions when planning your future care
Planning ahead can stir up emotions, particularly if you’re already coping with an illness such as cancer. There are many people who can help you cope with your emotions.
The web pages in this section are about the ways people can plan ahead if they live in Northern Ireland. We have other information about planning ahead in England and Wales, and in Scotland.
If you're planning ahead, you might experience sadness, anxiety and fear. These are normal reactions that people often have when coping with uncertainty about their future. Even if you’re feeling well, thinking about how you’d like to be cared for if you were to become seriously ill can stir up all sorts of feelings.
There are many people who can help you cope with your emotions. Talking to a close family member or trusted friend can help. Health and social care professionals can also give you support – this includes your GP, social worker, specialist nurse and hospital doctor. They can also tell you what support is available locally.
Some people may be offered counselling. This can be very helpful, particularly if you don’t feel able to discuss your feelings and emotions with people close to you.
Although planning ahead can be hard, it can help relieve anxiety and fear by giving you a greater sense of control over your life and your future.
Watch Amanda's story about the emotional effects of dealing with advanced cancer.
Watch our video about the ways counselling can help you and those close to you.