Feelings of isolation

Some people feel alone or isolated after cancer diagnosis and treatment. Your family, friends or colleagues may have good intentions, but sometimes people don’t know how to deal with cancer and the emotions it brings up. You might feel like people are avoiding you, or that they’re pretending everything is fine while carrying on normally with their lives.

At times, you could feel pressure to be ‘positive’, making it hard for you to talk about the things that matter to you. You might feel isolated because you’re experiencing something that others haven’t been through, and it can be hard to describe your experience to them.

You can find advice and support to help with feelings of isolation by:

  • speaking with a cancer nurse on the Cancer Council on 13 11 20
  • contacting  Cancer Connect to share your feelings with someone who has been through a similar experience
  • joining the online community Cancer Connections to participate in group discussions, blogs and webinars.