October is cancer awareness month. We want to offer a hand for anyone going through a tough time because we believe in supporting each other through the good and the bad. The ups and the downs, our community is here. Coping with cancer or illness can be particularly hard in a blended family because you’ve grown to love someone. Someone who becomes a huge part of your life, giving you love, care, and support. On Social Stepmom, we wanted to share a few tips on how to cope with cancer as a blended family.
1. Cope with cancer by sticking together as a blended family
There’s nothing more important than having your family by your side to cope with cancer through every step of the way. Your blended family is there for support through each and every stage. Spend more time with your blended family and enjoy every moment together. Remember that you’re not alone on this journey.
2. Keep an open, positive mind
Everyone copes with illness differently. You and everyone else in the blended family should keep an open, positive mind. There will be sadness, anger, and sometimes happy moments. Acceptance and keeping an open, positive mind will make it easier.
3. Express your feelings
Don’t be afraid to express your feelings to one another. Talk as a blended family and let them know how you feel. Not only will this strengthen your bond with the rest of the family, but you will feel a sense of relief from letting it all out.
4. Find external support
You can reach out to a trusted friend or someone outside of your blended family household for support. You and your family can even attend a support group to connect with other families trying to cope with cancer. There are so many support groups out there that can offer a hand (and a hug!).
If your parent has cancer, we found a booklet from the National Cancer Institution guide for teens. Social Stepmom is the ultimate community for stepmoms and blended families. We are here to support each other.