Cancer & physical illness
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer or another serious physical illness can be a life-changing moment. Often it is a time of fear and uncertainty. There might be feelings of powerlessness, anger, despair or deep loneliness. Frequently, medical imperatives have to take precedence over all other considerations and this can be anxiety-provoking and alienating. 'Normal' life is interrupted and changes occur in all spheres of existence - practical, physical, emotional, psychological, relational, financial, spiritual. Treatments and medications can have temporary or permanent effects and day-to-day life can feel challenging both during and after treatment.
The impact of a diagnosis and the ongoing management of a physical illness, condition or disability can be profound whether you are a patient, a family member, close friend or carer.
Counselling can be helpful with: