Cancer does not have a face – Until it’s yours or someone you know

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It is hard to predict how other people will react, when they found out you have cancer and sometimes they may surprise you. Generally, the people who love you will feel as shocked and overwhelmed as you do. But they might try to keep their feelings to themselves so they don’t upset you. Some people may try to be cheerful, and pretend that nothing is wrong. This might hurt and make you feel as if they don’t care. You may want them to be more realistic and allow you to express your feelings.
You might feel angry if you feel that you can’t talk honestly and openly to the people around you. Some of your relatives may be angry, as if they feel you are giving up and not fighting the cancer hard enough. Or they may direct their anger towards the doctors or nurses, particularly if there are unanswered questions or concerns about the care you have received. This can be difficult to cope with if you feel very tired because of cancer and treatment.
The people around you are likely to be in shock. They probably don’t quite know how to react. They might try to cope by keeping busy, rather than dealing with the pain of what your death means to them. It is important to try to be patient, and give people time to let things sink in.
the people around you are likely to be in shock. They probably don’t quite know how to react. They might try to cope by keeping busy, rather than dealing with the pain of what your death means to them. It is important to try to be patient, and give people time to let things sink in.

You will never be alone – Contact the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040 (open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Share experiences on there online forum – Cancer Chat

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