Acceptance for my mums diagnosis but not coping with reality

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In 2 weeks I've heard the words cancer for mum. In 48hrs of discharge I've spoken to so many services, care package in place. However I'm here at 2.02am when my mum has no care unless I was here. I'm so scared and don't know where to turn. Ive had to deal with her pain, every 2 hrs. After care has gone. However this will never be a burden its my mum! 8weeks ago my dad had a heart attack. He's due to be discharged soon. 2 different hospitals for 8 weeks i have travelledto and from to. My parents haven't seen each other for all this time for the first time in 57 years. The discharge for mum was a joke..wrong referrals and the list goes on. How and do I understand what to do to ensure my parents my mum and dad get the right support when I'm literally heartbroken 

  • Hi  and welcome to the Macmillan Community but so sorry to hear about both your mum and dad.

    A cancer diagnosis, indeed any serious illness in the family can be such a challenging and stressful time but getting support from others who are dealing with the ‘exact same' support challenges can help you a lot.

    This New to Community area is like our reception desk where we try to direct you to the best part of the Community for you to get support. The Community is actually divided into dedicated Support Groups (Discussion Rooms) and when it comes to the practical and emotional challenges of supporting your parents and indeed yourself you may benefit from joining and posting in our 

    Carers only 

    Supporting someone with incurable cancer

    ……. support groups where you will connect with a wide range of members navigating the exact same support challenges.

    To connect with a group click on the “Bold Italic Links” I have created above …… then once the group page opens click in the [ Black - Click to Join - Banner ] that appears at the bottom of the page and this will then confirm that you have joined the group.

    When you are ready……. you can introduce yourself by putting up your very own post by clicking [ + Create new post] or [ + ] in the top right of the group page.

    You can copy and paste the text from this post into your new post.

    It is an emotional time supporting family so you might find this Macmillan information your feelings when someone has cancer helpful as well as this link getting help with your emotions.

    You may find it helpful to call the Macmillan Support Line open 8am-8pm (timings may differ across services) 7 days a week on 0808 808 00 00. This service provides cancer information, practical information, emotional support, benefits/financial guidance or just a listening ear.

    We also have our Ask an Expert section but do allow 3 working days for a reply.

    Talking to people face to face can be very helpful so do check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support in your area, do also check for a local Maggie's Centre as these folks are amazing and support all the family.

    Please do get back to me if you need further help navigating the community.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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