Taking care of yourself – and your family.
Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family centered:
Reduce your own stress over the matter.
Keep your mind busy with things like work, reading, talking with friends. Research, research, research.
The internet is a wonderful resource when used properly, but remember not to take what you read as the absolute truth. Only the doctors involved in the case can give you all the information you seek and sometimes they don’t even have all the answers.
Always be sure to let your loved one know that you are there for them every step of the way.
It is important not to be overly supportive or smothering as this may trigger the fear they carry and make the worry even more. Moderation is key.
Try to keep lines of communication open.
You may want to withdraw, or the person who is ill may want to withdraw. Mark on checking in with each other. Don’t forget to do some “Normal” activities both with or without the sick family member.