After being diagnosed with cancer, you may find the idea of talking to family and friends upsetting or uncomfortable. It may take you some time to come to terms with your diagnosis.Trying to put how you are feeling into words may feel overwhelming. But it can help you make the right decisions and feel supported.
Lots of people don’t like talking about their own needs, because they don’t want to seem needy, demanding or attention-seeking. Or they may feel the need to protect other people from being upset by their news.
However, there will often be relatives and friends who really want to help. Try starting a conversation with them and saying what you need – even if you just want them to listen to you. You may be surprised at how willing they are to support you. By asking for someone else’s support, it shows that you value them. Often they will feel happy knowing that you’re comfortable enough to talk to them about what’s on your mind.