Adult children of someone with cancer often have the responsibilities (careers, homes and so on) of an adult and may also have children of their own. Now that they may have to take care of you, their parent, they may feel overwhelmed with all the responsibilities in their lives. They may also feel like they are living in 2 different worlds.
Your relationship with your adult child may change with you or your spouse’s diagnosis of cancer. For example, you may:
Even grown-up, adult children are often scared of the possibility of losing a parent. They may feel guilty if they haven’t been close to you or if they can’t spend a lot of time with you because they live far away or have other responsibilities. Some of these feelings may make it harder to talk or relate to your adult children.
These ideas may help your adult child cope:
We all need our own personal support system, but no matter how good your own personal support system is, it’s not the same as connecting with other survivors.
Thousands of Canadian Cancer Society volunteers work in regional cancer centres, lodges and community hospitals to support people receiving treatment.