?>Having a family member who has lymphoma could be very traumatic to the entire family. There are many things that need to change around the house and most of the time, this is very welcome for everyone. As lymphoma is more common on men than in women, there is a greater possibility that the father gets the disease than the mother. In cases where the father suffers lymphoma, the burden of keeping things together would sometimes become too much for the mother to bear especially if she has small children to contend with.
Being a young mother with a sick husband is very traumatic. You do not only you're your husband to attend, you also owe your children all the support and understanding when dealing with the family situation. Although not all children, especially those who are still very young, could grasp the situation fully, they have a natural sense when it comes to things around them. Children are very adept at reading emotions and would tend to be affected by what is going on around them. Therefore, it is very important that you remain strong and in front of the children. This may not be a very easy task to do but you will need to this to keep things together for your family.
Spouses caring for their sick partners often times feel so alone and helpless with nobody to turn to who could understand what he or she is going through. Well meaning friends and family members would often give support but more often than not, they
could not fathom the depths of the emotional exhaustion that the spouse of a lymphoma patient has. If you feel that you need to unburden but do not know where and how, ask the hospital where your spouse is undergoing treatment if they have a cancer support group. In most cases, hospitals have a directory of cancer support groups in its vicinity that can help you ease up your pain. Most members of these support groups are family members who of cancer patients and others are cancer patients themselves who have survived their ordeal and live to tell their stories.
Cancer support groups have many members who are on call. These members are usually volunteers who are willing to sit with you and listen to what you have to say. In some instances, you could find a member who had a similar case as yours - lymphoma. In this case, you might find it easier to share your story and get some insights. It is usually easier to talk to strangers who have undergone the same ordeal such as lymphoma in a member of the family than talking to your close friends and family. Talking to strangers can be quite liberating. With strangers, there is no need for you to stay strong and project that optimistic atmosphere that your spouse will get well soon and live a normal life, so you can let go and pour out all you pains and fears. With a member of a cancer support group who also had a lymphoma patient, you can always find the kind of support and understanding you need.
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