Living with Hodgkin's Disease
Living with a serious disease like Hodgkin’s disease is not easy. Being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease changes everything in your life, and the lives of those around you. People with cancer and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems is often easier when people have helpful information and support services.
For those dealing with a Hodgkin's disease diagnosis, friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, it helps many patients to discuss their concerns with others who have Hodgkin's disease or other forms of cancer. Patients and their loved ones often get together in support groups for Hodgkin’s disease, where they can share what they have learned about coping with cancer and the effects of treatment. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each person is different. Treatment options and ways of dealing with Hodgkin's disease that work for one person may not be right for another. It is always a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the health care provider.
People living with cancer may worry about what the future holds. They may worry about holding their jobs, caring for their families, personal relationships, or continuing with daily activities. Concerns about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, psychologist, or member of the clergy can be helpful to people who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest groups that can help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care.