It is hard to remember what life was like without the Internet! No place to Google "cancer" - that "C" word that no one wants to hear for themselves, for a family member, friend or even someone you don't know very well.
What medical and other professionals are learning to better appreciate is that the impact of a significant diagnosis goes beyond the patient to the whole family. Someday we will move away from pure patient-centered care to family-centered care and the role of the family caregiver...of any age...will be better understood and appreciated!
The good news today is that much headway has been made in the specific treatments of varying cancers and that there is often the ability to target medications to a specific cancer type. We've come a long way; there is still a long way to go!
So how do you help your family member and at the same time also help yourself to cope? Staying positive throughout the journey is the one thing that most people with cancer and their family's say: Never give up! However, that is easier said than done!
One of the simple things that anyone can do it to keep positive affirmations in your environment. You can make up new sayings or use popular ones such as:
- Cancer is only a chapter, not the whole story
- You are stronger than you know
- Be too determined to be defeated
- Hope is stronger than fear
- Your courage and strength is what defines you, not your illness
- If you can't do everything you want, do what matters most
Walk with your family member a step, a day at a time. You don't have to do everything all at once; just little by little. The important thing is to begin taking small steps and keep stepping!
If you would like to discuss your options with a CYP team member or other trusted adult, feel free to call the CYP office (561.391.7401). We at CYP want to work together with you and with your family to help you make this your best personal and school year ever!