Finding Support for You

The combination of emotional stress, your regular work, and added activities around the home can take a toll on you. If you start to feel overwhelmed, make a list of tasks that need to be done daily, such as food preparation. Try to concentrate on activities that really are essential, and put off the unnecessary niceties such as making the beds. Then seek assistance from family or friends whenever you need. A simple request may be all they are waiting for to pitch in.

Fear, anxiety and stress can tire you even more than physical work. Confiding in close friends or family members can help ease the emotional burden you carry. Talking to other partners of colorectal cancer patients and participating in support groups will also help you figure out how to cope. Remember, you can’t afford to exhaust yourself physically or emotionally.

An excellent way to participate in your spouses recovery, give back to the community, and reenergize yourself, all at the same time, is to become involved in survivor activities. Join a patient advocacy group. Give a talk at your local library. Join a 5K walk, or attend a conference.

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