Couples, Communication, Cancer.
Each of these is difficult enough on their own, but put them all together and you can add a new word, CHALLENGING!!
I know it's a common theme here, it is just so vital to be able to communicate with each other and with others to try and minimize (because I'm not sure that you can eliminate it all together) that feeling of "I'm going CRAZY!
I am aware that there is a 'couples retreat' being held in Perth in November by the Cancer Council.
Has anyone else been to one previously? If so, did you find it helpful?
Hi there Mrs Elton
I am in perth and was thinking of going except finding someone to have the minion is a bit hard.
but i have other cancer friends that have gone to those retreats and they all say good things.
My husband and I are attending it and I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet others in our situation and learn how we can 'cope' with things better together.
Will let you know what I think!
Do they have anything like that here in Melbourne? I might investigate because I would welcome it. Although my husband and I communicate, sometimes I feel I'm not expressing what I need to well enough for him to understand. Very frustrating.
I am needing some help with communicating with my partner too. He has only been diagnosed with a brain tumour in the last 2 weeks and we are on a roller-coaster of emotions. Does any one have any suggestions?
blueskies im sorry to hear about your hubby.. will he be recieving any treatment? my advice is to let your partner be angry be upset for a while but dont let him dwell in it.. try n do things that you used to do before diagnosis.. take each day as it comes amd be open about your feelings and fears.. dont let yourself do everything alone.. accept help 🙂
Cancer Connections Community members in Western Australia may be interested in attending this Couples with Cancer event:
The Cancer Council Western Australia through
the support of the Brady Cancer Foundation is
funding a special two day workshop for couples
where one or both partners are currently living with
The workshop provides an opportunity for partners
to spend time together in a relaxed and supportive environment
to explore the impact of cancer on their life and relationship.
• The Personal Experience
• The Couple Experience
• Strengthening Communication in Difficult Circumstances
• Health and Wellbeing – Coping Strategies and Stress Management
Karen Anderson - M.Soc.Sc.(Counselling); Grad. Dip. Counselling; B.Educ. Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Couple Therapist
Greg Chidlow - M.Psych. Counselling Psychologist
Saturday 26 November 2011, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 27 November 2011, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Wollaston College Conference & Retreat Centre, Mount Claremont WA
Free of charge
18 November 2011
The workshop is limited to fourteen couples and registration is essential please phone Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 to register your interest.
Accommodation may be available for country patients.
A telephone interview is required before registration is confirmed.
Cancer Connections Coordinator
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.