Having a stem cell transplant can be an intense and stressful time for everyone involved – including your partner, family and friends. There could be a lot of changes in all your lives.
As you start to put your treatment behind you, you may feel like you don’t need to depend on your partner or family as much. It’s common to find your roles and responsibilities change.
Here are a few things that other families have found useful:
Getting support can help, either by yourself or with your partner and family. Look out for group sessions or courses at your local hospital or cancer support centre, or find out more about getting emotional support.
Getting some help at home can also take the strain. If you could do with extra help, get in touch with your local authority’s social services department or your GP to see if they can give you advice or assistance. You can ask social services for an assessment to see whether your loved one or you (if you are providing them with care) need any services.
Find out more about getting support if you’re close to someone going through a transplant.
If you have young children or grandchildren you may find that it’s tricky talking to them about a stem cell transplant and life afterwards. That’s why we’ve produced a special illustrated book about transplant for children.
You could also ask your GP or transplant team for more advice. Macmillan Cancer Support offer more information about talking to children about cancer.
‘My children were at very vulnerable ages, eight and seven. It was important for me to explain that I was unwell, but that doctors were going to do what they could to make me better. They took it in their stride and they just continued with life as normal.’ Watch Johnny’s video about his transplant experiences