Coping with cancer: The emotional fall out
Dealing with cancer and emotions: Fear
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Dealing with cancer and emotions: Fear

Maisy would lie awake at night panicking about her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer. "I was constantly frightened, living in fear that I would lose him and that my whole life would change," she says.

Just the word cancer is enough to send a chill down your spine, so it’s not surprising that many people who are diagnosed with cancer or who are close to someone who has cancer fear for the future. Not knowing what’s going to happen means that anxiety levels can become unbearable as you fear the worst.

How to deal with it
Macmillan Cancer Support suggests  talking to a sympathetic person to help get "concerns out in the open." They suggest trying relaxation techniques to help remain calm. "Many people with cancer and their relatives find visualization, breathing techniques and art therapy effective ways to experience a sense of calmness."

The Canadian Cancer Society provides tips and relaxation techniques for cancer sufferers and their loved ones to help combat fear and stress. Some suggestions are deep relaxation, imagery and exercise. Even reading a good book can sometimes help. Just focusing on something else, however small, can make a huge difference.

A helpful tip
Learning what you can about different available treatments and understanding a diagnosis can make you feel more in control and can help to stifle your fears.

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