Almost half of people diagnosed with cancer find it hard to ask for help, as many fear being pitied | Cancer Research UK

According to new research published by Race for Life today, nearly half (47%) of people diagnosed with cancer said they found it hard to ask for help.
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2 thoughts on “Almost half of people diagnosed with cancer find it hard to ask for help, as many fear being pitied | Cancer Research UK

  1. I agree with this. I even feel guilty calling the docs or going to the emergency room. I do have an issue asking friends/family to help…for me, it’s not so much pity, but I feel guilty like I could never replace their time spent doing a task they may not want to do, but feel forced to. Hmm, something to ponder.

    1. It’s hard to ask for help and mostly when I do ask it’s too hard for people to follow through on their offers of “call me if you need anything.” So I typically drive myself to and from chemo, and other appointments, etc. No one likes to feel like a burden but read my blog piece on learning to receive as well as give. I feel like it’s a hard lesson to learn that people want you to accept their help and accepting graciously doesn’t allow the giver to feel good about helping out. It’s rejection of the worst kind because neither person wants to say anything to make the other feel badly. It’s a tough one…

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