Your siblings

How your brother or sister reacts will depend on your relationship with them, their age, and what they’re like. For some people, their siblings can be a great source of support, love or distraction.

How you can help each other

It can help to be open and honest about how you’re feeling and what’s happening. This may help you both feel less afraid. You could also discuss with your brother or sister practical ways they can help you.

For example, you could discuss them caring for your pets, or just ask them to watch some films with you. 

How they might be feeling

Sometimes, though, siblings may struggle with your diagnosis, or be unsure what to do. This can make them react in unexpected ways, and they might not feel like talking. You could recommend they speak to a member of you care team about what’s happening.

They could also contact one of these organisations.

Reviewed September 2015. Next planned review 2017.