Coping with Your Emotions After Learning Your Parent Has Cancer

Hearing that your aging parent has cancer can hit you hard. You are likely to experience a range of emotions over the hours, days, weeks, and even months after this diagnosis. Coping with these emotions properly and working through them in a constructive and beneficial way is extremely important for maintaining your own mental emotional health and well-being, and ensuring that you can continue to be the highest quality caregiver possible for your senior as they go through this experience.

Elder Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Coping with Your Emotions

Elder Care in Fort Lauderdale FL: Coping with Your Emotions

Working through your own emotions is something that should be a focus from the very beginning of this chapter in your parent’s life. If you do not properly manage your emotional reaction and work through the stress that it can cause, you may not be able to fulfill your care responsibilities in the way that your parent needs and deserves, and your parent-child relationship with them can also suffer.

When you first hear that your aging parent has cancer, take some time to evaluate your reaction and let yourself honestly and openly experience the emotions that it brings with it. Give yourself the opportunity to grieve the future that you thought that you had with your parents and then work toward bringing yourself to an emotional place where you will be better prepared to help your parent with this experience. This includes bracing yourself for their treatment decision and the possibility that you will need to support and respect them through a decision that you disagree with.

Coping with your emotions after learning your parent has cancer is not something that you need to, or should, handle completely on your own. While there will be some introspection and private work that you will do on your own, seeking out the support, love, and encouragement from others will be valuable in getting you through and helping you to move forward. This can include leaning on your partner, seeking support from your friends, and participating in a support group for the children or caregivers of aging adults with cancer. By being honest with yourself and your senior about your emotions and how you are feeling regarding their diagnosis and the challenges ahead, you prepare yourself to give your parent what they need during this time and also to keep yourself healthy for this chapter and the chapter beyond.

If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s life and help them to live the lifestyle that they desire, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can give your parent a set of highly personalized services tailored specifically to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. These services will help your parent to manage these needs while also encouraging them to stay as independent, active, and fulfilled as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver this can give you a tremendous peace of mind knowing that both when you are with your parent and when you are not, they are getting the highest quality of care. This can ease your stress and enable you to focus your energy and attention in ways that are more efficient and beneficial.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Fort Lauderdale, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

About Jon Fedele

Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.

“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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