Apr 20, 2021 10:30PM Hopeful82014 wrote:
Have you asked any of the social workers affiliated with your hospital/treatment centers? Many institutions have such social workers who specialize in oncology. They can be very skilled, understanding and helpful- not just with the emotional impact of cancer but also practicalities. Many times there is no charge for the service, or maybe a minimal fee.
I was super fortunate to find one of the art therapists (no, no artistic interest required) at my hospital that I really clicked with. She’s also a long-term survivor of breast cancer, so really ‘gets it’ and has the training, experience and insight to help others through it. She was a lifeline for me and we still connect regularly.
If your 1st attempt doesn’t work out, try another - your surgeon or other providers may have suggestions. The first one I encountered at a different institution was a disaster. I am so glad I didn’t give up on the whole idea at that point.
Your psychiatrist may be able to make a referral, also, if you’re comfortable asking for one.
Good luck - a cancer dx really packs a wallop and living with the backwash can be quite difficult and family and friends don’t always get it.Finding good help can make a world of difference.