Your Sibling’s Cancer – Getting Support
It can be really hard to ask for support. You might not be able to find the right words, feel embarrassed or scared of getting upset. Talking things through can be a big relief. It can help to put things into perspective and sort things out in your head. It can also help you feel less alone. Your first step in getting support is being willing to give it a try. The second step is finding the right person.
Who can you get support from?
Sometimes it feels like there are people all around you, but no one really gets it, that there’s no one can understand what you are going through. You may have to look beyond your family and friends. It may take a few shots at finding the right person, but it’s worth making the effort.
A lot of young people say the best support comes from others who have been in the same boat. Log in to the CanTeen Community to connect with other young people dealing with a sibling’s cancer.
If you feel like you want to talk to someone outside your family and circle of friends, a counsellor is always a good option. You might be thinking, ‘Nope, that’s not for me!’. But counselling might not be what you think. Counsellors are trained people who are very good at listening to what you have to say and helping you to make sense of it.
Contact a CanTeen counsellor for a confidential chat online, by phone, or you can meet face to face. Or ask a member of your brother’s or sister’s treatment team, your GP or social worker at the hospital for help finding the right counsellor.
CanTeen provides a range of other support services to help you cope with a brother or sister’s cancer. You can: