Life is a journey we share with loved ones, be they a partner, family or friends. When you hit a bump in the road of life and you receive a diagnosis of cancer, understand that this road is best taken together in strength with the people who care about you.
This newsletter provides some thoughtful tips on how you can share a cancer journey together and support your loved one's treatment and care decisions in the process.
Ilse Marie Issels
Wife and Collaborator of Dr. Josef Issels, Our Founder
Cancer has been called a family disease because a cancer diagnosis affects not just the patient, but the entire family. If your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, his or her journey with cancer will also have a profound effect on your own life. If either of you have children, it greatly affects them as well.
If you are the primary supporter and primary caregiver, your cancer journey will be different from your loved one's, and is likely to have its own share of challenges.
What You Should Know
Here are three things you should know as you and your partner or loved one cope with cancer:
1. Keep communicating. Share with each other your feelings and fears about cancer. The more openly you and your loved one can discuss the challenges that occur during the cancer journey, the better you can support each other.
2. Respect your loved one's decisions. Be an information gatherer and sounding board for them, but respect their right to make treatment decisions. You can help them by researching alternative cancer treatments, cancer vaccines and other treatment options and sharing the information you gathered. Share your thoughts and discuss your fears, but respect their right to determine the path of his/her cancer journey.
3. There is more to life than cancer. Life does not stop just because your loved one is diagnosed with cancer. When possible, continue your normal routine. Make time to talk and enjoy things that are not related to their illness or treatment. Continue to work as a team if you have children together. Ask friends and family for help when you need it, and join a cancer support community.
We invite you to contact one of our patient care specialists today to chat about how the Issels immunobiologic core treatment program may be the right choice for your health needs. We invite you to phone 1-888-447-7357 or visit us online at www.Issels.com.