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Providing support to anyone affected by blood cancer
A diagnosis of a blood cancer can affect you emotionally as well as physically. We can help you to understand what you’re going through.
It’s natural to have a whole range of different thoughts, feelings and emotions after a blood cancer diagnosis and the emotional impact of a blood cancer can be just as difficult to cope with as the physical aspects of the disease.
Until you are diagnosed, there is no way of knowing how you will react and the impact it will have on you emotionally. Everybody is different and being told the news that you have a blood cancer will affect different people in different ways and there is no right way to feel.
Many people will experience many different feelings at different points in their blood cancer journey; for example, at the point of diagnosis, during treatment, at the end of treatment and during recovery.
It’s important for you to know that you will have good days, and not so good days; some feelings may feel strange or unfamiliar to you and you may feel as though you are on an emotional rollercoaster. These different feelings at different points in your diagnosis are perfectly normal and a valid response to a blood cancer diagnosis.
It is impossible to know how you will react to a diagnosis of a blood cancer. The range of emotions you feel are not a sign of weakness or mental illness.
Common feelings include:
Some people also describe feeling a sense of grief about the loss of their good health, aspects of themselves or the life that they once had.
Despite the natural emotional ups and downs you might experience, this is not the same as having clinical depression.
If you persistently feel low, helpless or lose interest in pleasurable activities, you may be suffering from depression. Depression is very common for people with blood cancer but it is important to remember that if you do feel like this, help does exist and it does not mean you’re a failure. It can be treated, but it is important that you talk through how you’re feeling with your GP or medical team.
Depression can affect people in different ways, but symptoms and feelings can include:
There are many ways in which depression is treated, including medication and talking therapy.
It is normal to have a strong emotional response to your illness because you will have to cope with a number of challenges and changes. These could include:
There are many ways to manage and cope with your emotions. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with loved ones, your partner or your GP can help.
If you need to talk to someone impartial about your blood cancer, our CARE Line is available 24/7 on 08088 010 444.
Published Feb 2016
Next planned review: Feb 2018