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Midge Mac
Member

Re: Anxiety

Hi Em

I often find that if I start the conversation with my own worries about the cancer (in your case your step mum’s)

It opens up the topic but concentrates it on your worries rather than your step brother’s.

It is so easy for it to become “the elephant in the room” with everyone skirting around the subject.

This should help him to speak about his own concerns.

Love

Midgemac

Em23
Member

Re: Anxiety

Ok thank you Helena! 🙂 x
ladybowler
Community Champion

Re: Anxiety

Em

 

He is obviously aware that you know about his mum's condition so perhaps you could start the conversation and ask him if there is anything practical that you could help him with, may be that will give him the opening he needs to talk about it

 

It is lovely that you are there and ready to support him

 

Good luck

 

Helena x

Em23
Member

Anxiety

Hi, unfortunately my step/brothers mums cancer has spread to her liver but I don't think he's quite ready to talk about it/ he's starting to want to talk I think and I think he may be getting anxiety attacks at night so he's not able to sleep until very late even though he is up for work at 7am every day. I don't really know how to approach the subject with him and ask if his anxiety is more prominent at the moment than it was as I'm worried about being overly invasive. Any advice is deeply appreciated!!
Thank you,
Emily