Facing cancer alone
It may be especially hard to keep your spirits up and be positive if you live alone and are coping with cancer. Even if you normally value your independence, being ill may make you feel lonely and isolated.
People who care about you will want to help in any way they can. Some may find it difficult to talk about cancer, but would be happy to help in more practical ways such as doing your shopping or helping with your garden. Other people will be happy to spend time with you and to help you cope with any worries and fears you may have.
Your GP can let you know about help and support that is available and can arrange a visit from the health visitor or social services. Social services may be able to organise practical help such as home care services. There are also local voluntary organisations that provide help and support. Our cancer support specialists can give you more information about these.