Mon, 25 July

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Bloomhill Cancer Care

Navigating the Cancer Experience as a Partner

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, partners and other family members often suffer as much or even greater distress than the person with the cancer. As a partner you also face the shock of the diagnosis, the concerns about surgery and other treatment, as well as fears.

Navigating the Cancer Experience as a Partner

Time & Location

25 July, 6:30 pm AEST

Bloomhill Cancer Care, 58 Ballinger Rd, Buderim QLD 4556, Australia

About the event

As a partner you also face the shock of the diagnosis, the concerns about surgery and other treatment, as well as fears for your loved one’s short and long-term well-being. You may have to take on the burden of extra household and carer duties for an extended period of time, face possible financial stress, experience a change in role in your relationship from partner to carer, and have to deal with feelings of loss and uncertainty.

It is common to feel helpless, frustrated, anxious, scared, sad or angry at this time but many partners do not want to further burden their loved one by sharing these feelings with them. This can be very isolating. Over time this may lead to increased levels of psychological distress which can also cause issues with memory, concentration, disturbed sleep, fatigue and worrying thoughts.

Julie invites you to consider taking time out to attend this session at which her husband will be making a guest appearance (having been her partner at the time of her cancer experience). Together they will share snippets of their story to help validate and normalise your feelings, provide you with some simple techniques & strategies for managing your stress levels and focusing on your own emotional well-being. This in turn, will help you to have the physical and emotional energy needed to care for your loved one.

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