If you’ve been diagnosed with lymphoma, you know how important it is to have a good support network around you. Your loved ones, friends and colleagues can offer a wealth of both emotional and practical support, however, they may also be extremely upset and stressed about your diagnosis and not know what to do.
As the Lymphoma Association points out, communication is essential. Tensions can arise when people are not sure how to act around each other. Those closest to you may be worried that you’re doing too much and that you should rest more, whereas you may feel they’re treating you like a child and aren’t allowing you to determine what’s best for you.
An open and honest conversation is the best way forward. Give yourself the chance to calmly express your feelings, while taking the time to listen to how everyone else is feeling. In most instances, your loved ones only have your best interest at heart, but their perspectives may not line up with yours.
Being open about what you need from them, when they can help and when they need to back off and give you some space will help to prevent a lot of misunderstandings as you go through treatment.
It’s also important that you continue to do some of the things you always do together, like go to the movies or watch your favorite TV shows, to give you a sense of normalcy and for you all to have some lymphoma-free time.
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