Publisher: American Lung Association
Author: American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel
Dealing with a lung cancer diagnosis can be traumatic not only for the patient but also for the caregiver. For both, as normal as it is to worry, it is also important to start accepting your emotions for what they are and make peace with the situation.
“As humans, we need to release the psychological distress we’re feeling to those we trust. This helps us feel connected to the world around us. If there is no outlet, it can become all-consuming, and that makes everything harder…..There is no shame in accessing support. For many, it’s one of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves.”
It is always harder for either to go through an illness on their own and it helps for each to find the right group or someone to discuss their emotions.
As a caregiver, educating yourself and having open conversations with the medical team is also crucial to understanding what you two are dealing with and how you can help the patient. It is also important to understand how a strict self-care routine and a creative outlet can help the patient. The patient will need the support of the caregiver to follow these themselves and it is also a good reminder to the caregiver to ease the burden of caregiving.
Read the full article for tips on what the patient needs to do to cope with their emotions, day to day coping to help and for the caregiver to follow too!