It is so true when they say you can often be in a crowded room but feel lonely. A cancer diagnosis is scary and friends can sometimes have a hard time dealing with cancer and may not visit or call you increasing this feeling of loneliness. Even when you’re with family or friends you care about you may feel that no one understands what you’re going through.
You think about the hobbies and activities you used to take part in but now may feel too sick or fatigued to participate.
Try discussing your feelings with family or special friend. 3AM chats with Facebook groups helped enormously with Shelli. Many in the group were cancer patients they also feeling lonely and couldn’t sleep so the feeling of someone else understanding helped. Although sadness and reality would set in when a member passed away.
Shelli loved it when her cousin’s bulldogs had puppies because she knew there would be middle of the night feeds so that meant nighttime company and facebook chats too.
If you are feeling lonely, don’t just ignore it. Loneliness affects day-to-day life and the ability to fight disease. Speak with your medical team and they may advise a counselor or support groups.
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