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Siblings

A diagnosis of cancer may affect your relationship with your brothers or sisters; you may be spending less time at home, you may be sleeping more, playing less, doing less to help around the house, and your friends may ask them questions about your treatment. They may want to help you or be with you during your treatment, and they might be very worried about you.

Your family circumstances, and the age of your sibling(s), will affect how much you or your family choose to tell them about your diagnosis and treatment. Your sibling may be extremely distressed, and anxious about many of the same issues that are concerning you. You may find it helpful to spend some time alone with your sibling and you may want to offer them the chance to ask you questions about your illness. However, this might be upsetting for you, and you may choose to include a member of the TYA Team to support you, or you may ask your sibling to contact someone from the team to ask them any questions they have.

There may be opportunities for you to spend some quality time with your siblings at a TYA activity or event. If you think this might be helpful, speak to a member of your TYA Team to find out about local peer support opportunities.

You may find it helpful to share some of the techniques on this website with your sibling, so that they can manage some of their anxiety or concerns too.

 

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