Everyone will be feeling differently about the restrictions lifting in parts of the UK, and if you have cancer, you’ve already got a lot to deal with.
We’ve tried to answer some common questions about cancer, coronavirus and supporting your mental health and wellbeing. But if you have more questions, you can always talk to your GP or clinical care team.
I’ve got cancer, and coronavirus is impacting my mental health. What help is there?
Having limited contact with friends and family can be really hard. But so can going back into the world when things change.
Sharing how you’re feeling with your clinical team or Youth Support Coordinator can be a good first step. They are there to look after all parts of your health, not just the physical side.
They might be able to suggest some things to help, or tell you about any local support you could use. Whatever you’re feeling, you’re not alone and the team are there to help.
It’s important to be kind to yourself at this point in the pandemic, and remember that however you’re feeling is OK.
You might be excited to get a bit of normal back into your life. Or you might be worried about the risks. Whatever is on your mind, it’s good to talk to the people around you about how they can continue to keep you safe, by following all current guidelines and respecting how you feel about things like socialising. If you ever have questions or worries, your clinical team are the first people to ask.
And remember – it’s OK to still be cautious even when the restrictions change. And it’s OK to ask others around you to be, too.
The people around me aren’t helping me to feel safe from coronavirus. What should I do?
Now that restrictions are lifting at different stages across the UK and there are fewer legal requirements of people, it is understandable if young people with experience of cancer feel anxious right now.
You might feel less able to ask people to still follow some steps to keep you safe, like keeping a distance or wearing a mask.
But remember – we are all still being advised to be cautious, even if some of the things we’ve got used to doing aren’t legally required where you live now. And that includes the people around you too.
But if they’re not currently helping you to feel protected, try talking with them and explaining how it makes you feel. It might be that they’re not sure what the advice is for vulnerable people now.
And if you still feel uncomfortable, it’s OK to choose not to see some people right now. This might feel awkward, but putting your health first is always OK, and those around you should understand that.
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