How is your Dad doing this morning?
You are more than welcome to refer both your parents to this forum if you think they would like to use it, the forums are monitored by myself and the teams here at Cancer Council across Australia.
If your Dad is up to it, there's a program called Cancer Connect which is for people who are newly diagnosed or looking at treatment options, that gives a person with cancer the opportunity to talk 1-on-1 over the phone with a trained volunteer who has gone through the same or similar cancer and/or treatment. Or volunteers could also be matched on life situations, such as some who may have young kids and has cancer for example. This program is free of charge.
To find out more about Cancer Connect, I'd highly recommend giving 13 11 20 a call and having a chat to one of the trained information and support consultants, all of whom are health professionals in their own right. They will also be able to assess your father's situation and link you in with any other services as needed such as counselling or things available in your local area.
Another program that I'd like to let you know about are our Telephone Support Groups. This one would be appropriate for either yourself or your Mum, we have a group for those caring for someone with cancer. These groups typically have 3-8 members along with 2 facilitators, and meet together over the phone twice a month for an hour apiece. They are a great way for offering and seeking support, as well as sharing experiences with people who get what you're going through. You can also skip sessions if you need to. You can contact that team directly on 1300 755 632 or just reply to the welcome email I sent you earlier with your best contact number and time, and I can have them call you to have a further chat about it - they sit right behind me.
You may also like to check out our podcasts, which are located here: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/podcasts/. These are recorded with Julie McCrossin as the host and cover a range of topics such as caring for someone with cancer, making treatment decisions and family dynamics.
And thank you @Budgie, as always
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