Family and friends
People who are close to you may find it difficult to discuss your illness. And you may be afraid that if you talk to people about how you really feel they will be upset, or disappointed at your lack of stoicism, or embarrassed because they don’t know what to say. But it is important to be able to express your feelings when you need to. It can also be difficult talking to children about cancer. How much should you tell them? How honest should you be? Our free Careline is there to offer some useful advice; call free on 0800 002 9002 .
Sometimes it can be easier to talk things through with someone outside the family. This could be a specialist adviser or someone who has gone through a similar situation and knows how you are feeling. You can call the Kidney Cancer UK Careline free on 0800 002 9002 or to connect with another cancer patient or carer in a safe environment you can join our closed Kidney Cancer UK Support Group on Facebook .
Regular exercise can help you feel better, both physically and emotionally. Ask your doctor or nurse what kind of exercise would be best. Many people find that alternative therapies, such as massage, aromatherapy, meditation or visualisation, can also lift the spirits, ease tension, and restore a feeling of wellbeing.
You can find out if any of these therapies are available near you by contacting New Approaches to Cancer, a UK charity.