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Talking to others

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Talking to others after a diagnosis of a blood cancer can be hard. But opening up about your feelings can help you to cope.

Some people may want to put on a brave face and do not want to feel like a burden. Others do not talk about their feelings to protect their loved ones from worry. It can be lonely for everyone involved if you do not open up about how you are feeling.

It is amazing how talking about your worries can make you feel better but it is important that you talk to someone you trust are comfortable opening up to, but if you find it hard to talk to people close to you, tell your medical team or GP as they may refer you to someone who can help such as a psychologist or counsellor. Speaking to a specialist about your feelings does not mean something is seriously wrong. They are professionals, trained to help you manage your feelings.

Talking things through can really make a difference to how we feel. Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are individual or group sessions that help you to better understand your feelings through talking.

There are many benefits to talking about your feelings and it will help you to:

 

Join a support group

You may find it useful to meet with and chat with others who are facing a similar situation as you’ll start to realise that other people are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings as you.

We run and co-ordinate many support groups for patients and their families affected by any blood cancer including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, so you can share information and experiences with other people in your local area.

Some of our groups are for a specific blood cancer, but the majority are general haematology groups that welcome anyone affected by any blood cancer.

Take a look at our full list of support groups here.

Published Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018