Some people have a close circle of family and friends who can give them a lot of support, while others don’t have many people to support them.
Even with a supportive family and a wide circle of friends it can be difficult to talk about cancer at times. You may feel very isolated and that only people who’ve experienced cancer can understand how you’re feeling. How people react may also surprise you – some may disappoint you while others may be more supportive than you had expected.
The best person to talk to is whoever you usually talk to about important issues or difficult problems. This could be anyone – your partner, your closest friend, your mother, sister, brother or a religious leader. It may be somebody who is going through a similar experience. Often, people with cancer find it difficult to talk to close family or friends, and easier to speak to someone they don’t know. If this is your situation there are a number of groups, organisations and healthcare professionals that can help you.