Resources for Carers

When someone you care about is diagnosed with cancer, it can be an incredibly frightening experience. Many people experience a range of different feelings; shock, helplessness, anger, numbness, anxiety – there is no `right’ or `wrong’ way to feel.

Many carers feel pressure to be upbeat and positive during their loved one’s treatment, often pushing aside their own needs and feelings. This can create high levels of emotional and psychological distress. There is currently research showing that carers often experience higher levels of stress than those who are in treatment for cancer! Some carers experience difficulties with the following;

• Poor concentration
• Changes in relationships with family and friends
• Morbid thoughts
• Confusion
• Fatigue, disturbed sleep, nightmares
• Headaches
• Restlessness
• Overwhelming helplessness

We know from experience, just how difficult it can be to watch someone you love go through cancer. You are not alone, many carers find connecting with others experiencing the same situation can help alleviate feelings of helplessness. We’re here to help, to connect with other carers or to talk about your experience, contact The Warwick Cancer Foundation today. Become a member or contact us via our contact form, or phone 0429 728 960.

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