All of the emotions and symptoms your loved one experiences may affect the way he or she acts. While some people may not express their frustrations and anger, others will. This anger may be misdirected toward family members, friends, healthcare professionals, or you. It is important to remember the reasons for the anger. And show that you understand.
Giving emotional support is a natural way to help your loved one. But at times, it may also be a challenge. The following tips may help:
- Talk with your loved one. Let him or her know you are there to help
- Listen to your loved one. Help him or her work through many feelings he or she may be having. It is important to provide hope, comfort, and encouragement
- Meet other patients or caregivers who are dealing with CLL. They can help provide information, comfort, and hope. Click here for a list of cancer organizations. Some of them can connect you with others who are living with CLL