Living With Leukemia
People who are living with leukemia may need help coping with the emotional and practical challenges presented by the disease. Healthcare providers are a good resource for answers to questions about treatment, working, and other activities. Some people with leukemia may also find that support groups are helpful. Social workers can often suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, or emotional support.
Leukemia can make day-to-day living a challenge, and some people find that they need help coping with the emotional and practical aspects of the disease.
Some people who are living with leukemia find support groups to be helpful. In these groups, patients or their family members get together to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of treatment. Support groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet.
People living with leukemia may worry about:
- Caring for their families
- Keeping their jobs
- Continuing daily activities
- Leukemia treatments
- Managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills.
Doctors, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities.
Other Counselors Who Can Offer Leukemia Support
Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to those who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, or emotional support.