When a person is diagnosed with a disease as life-threatening as leukemia, many people step up and say “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.” That’s a kind and generous response, but frequently, patients and their families are hesitant to ask others to help. Sometimes they are so overwhelmed by the amount of information they get, the emotions they feel, and the technicalities of treatment that they don’t think about asking friends and colleagues for help. The family often can’t even think of how other people can help. When the patient is an adult in the family, it can be that much harder for the other adult in the household (assuming that there are 2 adults) to carry on with all the usual family activities.
If you are a family member or a friend of someone that has recently been diagnosed, you can also feel overwhelmed and helpless. Here, you will find information that will help you navigate your way through your emotions, as well, and provide information.