A chronic or life threatening disease is often devastating and shocking, not only for the person being diagnosed, but also for their families. When you or someone you love is diagnosed with a chronic, life-threatening illness, you are swiftly drawn into a situation that will affect you emotionally, physically, spiritually, and even financially.
A diagnosis doesn’t come with instructions. Often, you will not know what to expect next, and there can be constant twists and turns along the way. Finding out as much detail about the disease you are dealing with can be helpful, to prepare you for what happens next.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer support in dealing with the psychological, physical and social impact of a serious illness. It can be an effective and helpful tool in finding ways to cope with anxieties and fears – for the person who is ill, as well as for the loved ones whose world has been rocked by the diagnosis.