To help you encourage your relative or friend to talk, it’s important to try to understand what they may be facing and the fears they may have. There are many different aspects of their illness that may cause fear.
When faced with a serious illness, it’s normal for people to be shocked and confused. This may be followed by feelings such as fear, sadness, anger, bitterness, guilt or even shame. If the illness causes symptoms such as tiredness or pain, a person may find it harder to go about their everyday life. They may also feel more emotional.