Hi Alta My husband has just recently come out of hospital after 4 months when our world was turned upside down with a diagnosis of cancer. We had to go to Melb to Peter Mac (fantastic and dedicated people) but this meant we were not home with friends and neighbours for 4 months. I am answering your query because although family was a fantastic support I tried not to bother them to much with the daily shocks and yes they seem to come daily thick and fast. It was my friends at the end of the telephone I was able to vent with. I think it was the distance that helped I could unload while they listened and listened. I knew they wouldn't jump in a car and drive down unless I asked which I didn't as it was listening ears I needed and visitors I didn't need. After venting and a good cry I could face the next day of unexpected dramas with more equilibrium. So don't downplay the importance of the listening voice at the end of the telephone it is often just what is needed. xxx Denise
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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.