Being a parent or carer of a child with cancer is difficult and demanding. The impact on your life can be drastic but it can also take a big emotional toll on you as an individual. Whether you're in the midst of treatment, or are years beyond – it’s vital you get the support you need to cope.
One parent told us, “There is no coping - just surviving.” You may well feel this way at times. On difficult days, you might feel that you simply need to ‘get through’ and that’s ok, but it’s not a sustainable way to live for a long period of time.
That’s why it’s so important to find ways to look after yourself too. This section will give you some tips on different ways you can do that.
Understanding your emotions
“The emotions you experience cannot be put into words.”
Whether you’re feeling angry, scared or lonely, it’s important to give yourself permission to have bad days. Our unique tips and suggestions for further reading should help you cope with difficult emotions in ways that work for you. Read more.
Advice from other parents
A brave group of parents told us what they did to cope with stress and how they looked after themselves. Read through their comments to see how they handled it. Read more.
Ten ways you can help yourself
Being kind to yourself isn’t easy at the best of times. It’s even harder when you are caring for others, have limited time or are simply trying to ‘hold it together’. Learning how to take care of your needs will give you more energy and strength to cope with what life is throwing at you. Read more.
Coping after treatment has finished
Parents tell us that this can be the most difficult time. Emotions can hit home at the same time as familiar support drops away. You can be left feeling uncertain and fearful of what’s ahead. Maybe years have passed and you’re still experiencing the effects. This page will guide you to the support you need to move forward. Read more.
These expert organisations are there to support you with your wellbeing; from a listening ear, to ongoing professional counselling. Don’t be hesitant about reaching out – taking that first step might be the best thing you can do for yourself. Read more.