A piece that I wrote for I Had Cancer’s blog recently is about improving emotional support in cancer care, both for the patients and the caregivers. It tells a little bit about when I’ve seen emotional care emerge naturally and where I have seen it to be lacking. Emotional Care is so vital to cancer care and to cancer cures. I don’t have any answers right now for how to fix this…but I know that we all need to do it together.
Here is an excerpt:
What can we ask of our patients and survivors, to try and illicit real responses? What can we ask to let people know that if they are having a hard time, that this is normal, and that there are people out there who can help? How can we let them know that admitting a need for support is a very brave and courageous way to handle their diagnosis?
You can read the rest of the post here!