Support after a cancer or cardiac diagnosis
Receiving a diagnosis of a serious physical health condition or illness can fill even the most ‘together’ of people with anxiety. You’ll no doubt get swept up into a round of appointments with doctors, nurses, physios, cardiologists or oncologists, all focusing on your physical health. However, emotional health and how you might be feeling at this time can often be overlooked.
You might be feeling some, if not all, of the following as you deal with your illness:
- Feelings of stress, anxiety or depression
- Fears that your condition will return
- Wanting support to make lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, exercise or stop smoking
- Changes to relationships
- Issues coping with attending appointments or participating in treatment
- Flashbacks after a traumatic operation or treatment
Of course, it’s not just the person who has received the illness diagnosis who might be suffering with anxiety and stress. It can also be a difficult time for family members who, might be struggling to support their relative while also dealing with their own emotions.
How Can I Help?
Hypnotherapy, Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT) and counselling can help to change your mindset when you are suffering from an illness and the anxiety it may bring. While it won’t change your physical health condition, it can help you to deal with things differently, giving you a more positive outlook for the future.
I work as a counsellor and hypnotherapist supporting patients and families at two local hospitals and offer a free consultation to anyone who feels they may need emotional help and support following a diagnosis.