After being diagnosed with cancer, you may find the idea of talking about it upsetting or uncomfortable. It may be taking you some time to come to terms with your diagnosis.
Trying to put how you are feeling into words may feel overwhelming. But talking about how you feel and what you need can help you make the right decisions and feel supported.
Many people don’t like talking about their own needs because they don’t want to seem needy, demanding or selfish. Or they may want to protect other people from being upset by their news.
However, there will often be friends and relatives 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 we value them.
It’s important to realise that there isn’t a ‘right’ way to cope with cancer. But it is important to think about which people need to know about your diagnosis and the best way to talk to them about it. This can help you to get the support you need at home, at work and from your healthcare team.