Taking Care of Yourself During Your Parent’s Cancer

  • Behaving badly or doing risky things. Swearing, biting your parent’s  head off, skipping school, driving too fast/recklessly and isolating yourself from friends are ‘unhealthy’ outlets for frustration and stress.
  • Using drugs, alcohol or smoking might seem like a way to block out the hard feelings. But it can actually make the stresses of cancer even harder to deal with. After a drugs or drinking session lots of people feel really down for days afterwards. This can make everything feel a little bit harder.

It’s normal to feel p*ssed off. But there are safe ways to vent it without taking it out on yourself or others. If you hurt yourself, or have before and are worried you may do it again, tell someone you trust. There are lots of things that can help, including talking to a counsellor.