Although you may have been living fairly independently from your parents, the changes in your life that a cancer experience brings may mean that you will turn to your parents more often than you used to.
If your parents are in good health, and they live close by or are able to spend extended periods of time with you and your family, they might be a source of great support for you. They may be able to help around the house, run errands, look after your children or go to appointments with you. Your biggest challenge may be working with your parents to make them understand how they can be helpful without making you feel helpless or like a child again.
If your parents’ health is poor and you’ve been caring for them, you may need extra help while you’re in treatment. There are no easy answers for planning what’s best for your entire family in this situation. You may feel sad or even guilty that you can’t look after your parents as you have in the past or as you would like to, but it’s important to focus on your own health and care.
Some tips for helping your parents cope include:
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