Advice #9

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It is common to feel more stress than usual in your relationships with loved ones when dealing with a significant illness. It is important to have open and honest conversations with your loved ones. It can also help to try and consider their point of view as well.

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Support from family and friends

Talking to people you love and trust can help you make sense of what is happening, so that you feel more in control of your emotions. Ask your family, friends and work colleagues for help with practical things; they will probably be pleased to help you.
Here are some practical ways they can help:

  • Organize your appointments
  • Remind you about appointments
  • Take you to your appointments – they can sit in if you like,
    to help you ask the right questions and remember the answers
  • Ask your health care team any questions that come up – about your medicine, any side effects, your general health or well-being
  • Motivate you if you are feeling low

Support from your health care team

Your doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are all there to help you. You may have met some of them already. The team usually includes an oncologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer) and possibly a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in conditions affecting the blood).

If you want to find out more about CLL or your treatment, you can ask your health care team. They can also tell you about patient groups or local health services and events in your area.

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