Talking to family and friends about your colorectal cancer diagnosis
Support from the people closest to you will be valuable and essential during your treatment and recovery. Learn how to tell them how they can best help you.
People who live alone often have some extra needs compared to those who live with others. Let close friends know what’s happening so they can be ready if needed.
Think ahead and be specific about the kind of help you need if a friend offers a hand. If you need a ride somewhere, let them know a few days ahead so they can plan their time.
It's not always easy, but tell someone you're close know if you're feeling anxious, sad, scared, or other difficult emotions. When you involve other people, the weight on your shoulders feel lighter.
Respect others' feelings – your diagnosis affects them, as well. They may not tell you, but they are probably feeling scared and sad, too. Keep the communications lines open both ways.
Humor and laughter is a great way to connect with others. It's a very healthy coping mechanism and that build closer relationships. Use this tool often!
Needing help may feel way out of your comfort zone, but asking for assistance is actually a sign of strength and self-awareness. Learn how to accept help.
Whether personally impacted by colorectal cancer (CRC), supporting a loved one, or dedicated to educating and empowering others, these downloadable and printable resources can help.
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