Helping Yourself When Your Loved One Faces a Life-Threatening Illness

If your loved one was diagnosed a life-threatening illness, you’ll likely need care and support too.

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While Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation provides palliative care, you’ll need to have the right focus to ensure you manage this very difficult stage effectively. Remember, if you neglect your physical, emotional, or mental state, it’s may not just be yourself who will suffer but also your loved one.

Here are three things to think about during this period.

Physiological Needs

One of the first things to get sidetracked while you throw yourself into caretaker mode is your physiological needs. You may find yourself sleeping less and grabbing junk food or skipping meals altogether. While this is often warranted, you don’t want to turn it into a lifestyle of choice when you don’t have to.

So if you have the opportunity to take care of yourself, do it.


Never underestimate emotional support. If you’re blessed, many people will try and offer it at this time. Some people will have more to offer than others. And that’s fine. The main thing is to accept it. And if it isn’t helping, consider professional help. Taking the time to talk about what you’re going through can give you the strength to keep going.

Many people dealing with difficult situations become sources of support for others. That’s wonderful. But you need to receive so that you will have to give.


Time for yourself just doesn’t sound right, especially when your loved one needs you most. But self-time isn’t about putting yourself before your loved one; it’s about making time for yourself so that you can be there for your loved one. The last thing you want to feel at a difficult stage like this is resentment or burnout. But if you neglect yourself, eventually, something may have to give.

There’s nothing wrong with making sure you’re at an optimal state to be present when Your Loved One Faces a Life-Threatening Illness.

Do you have a loved one facing a life-threatening illness?

How do you take care of yourself?

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